Topic: Employment and social rights
Organiser: European Commission
On Wednesday 19 June the Commission will adopt a Communication on youth unemployment. The Communication will form part of the Commission's contribution to the European Council on 27-28 June, where President Barroso will urge Member States to give a new impetus to solving two pressing problems: youth unemployment and the lack of finance for the economy, especially for SMEs.
The Communication will set out the steps that need to be taken urgently to help young people to get back to work, into further education or into training. These steps build on the practical and achievable solutions the Commission has already put on the table, such as the Youth Guarantee. For example, the €6 billion Youth Employment Initiative could be frontloaded to help fund the EU's Youth Guarantee. The European Social Fund already provides important support for these policies in Member States, and a significant minimum share of the ESF in the overall structural funds in 2014-20 could be ensured. It is also important for Member States to speed up the selection of projects under both funds.