European Youth Portal identified as one of the tools to promote the Youth Guarantee
The EU’s Council of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers reached a political agreement on the proposed Youth Guarantee Recommendation at their meeting on 28th February.
The European Youth Portal, the gateway to citizenship and mobility for young people in Europe, was identified as one of the tools promoting the Youth Guarantee.
The youth guarantee schemes aim to ensure that unemployed young people are quickly offered employment or training. All young people under the age of 25 who lose their job or do not find work after leaving school should receive a good-quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within 4 months. Member states should implement the schemes as soon as possible, preferably as from 2014. Member States will have to establish strong partnerships with schools and universities, training providers, employment services, social partners, career guidance providers, to ensure early intervention and action. They should also actively involve young people themselves, youth support services and youth organisations in designing and further developing the Youth Guarantee scheme. This will help to tailor services to the need of beneficiaries and to have the youth sector act as multipliers in awareness-raising activities.
Member States can make full use of the European Social Fund and other structural funds, and will be required to assess and continuously improve their Youth Guarantee schemes. Furthermore, on 7th-8th February 2013 the European Council decided to create a Youth Employment Initiative setting aside €6 billion for the period 2014-2020 to be allocated to regions where youth unemployment exceeds 25%. These funds will be available to implement the Youth Guarantee.
European Commission President José-Manuel Barroso and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor welcomed the political agreement reached on the proposed Youth Guarantee Recommendation.
Find out more:
[ http://ec.europa.eu/youth/documents/youth_guarantee.pdf ]Council Recommendation on Establishing a Youth Guarantee
[ http://europa.eu/youth ]European Youth Portal
[ http://ec.europa.eu/youth/news/20130301-youth-guarantee_en.htm ]Youth employment: Commission welcomes Council agreement on Youth Guarantee
[ http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-1311_en.htm ]Youth employment: Commission proposes package of measures
[ http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-12-910_en.htm ]Youth Employment Package
[ http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1036 ]Youth Employment
[ http://ec.europa.eu/youth/pdf/doc1648_en.pdf ]Council Resolution of 27 November 2009 on a renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018)