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28 June 2013

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT - The EU must do more - now!

Civil society organisations are calling for a genuine emergency plan for young people, ambitious enough to reverse recent trends. Every day, since 2008, 1 000 young people have become unemployed in Europe. One third of them are still without prospects a year later. These 6 million young Europeans deserve more from Europe than just 0.7% of its budget and, at the very least, that it should invest massively in their future and therefore in ours. The EU has already proved itself in many other areas.

Civil society organisations expect Europe to come up with a genuine plan to help young people in these times of crisis, with practical projects that can reverse recent youth unemployment trends. To this end, it is essential that the EU offer more than the 8 billion euro emergency plan when its bank emergency plan was 10 times higher.

Youth unemployment in Europe - 2013

Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED

Source: Eurostat – April 2013

The Youth Guarantee project has genuine potential to help young people by means of practical measures in terms of access to employment, training and innovative initiatives. However, to make it efficient, the Commission must go further than what has already been announced: the scheme should be extended to unemployed young people of up to 30 years of age in order to respond to longer periods spent studying and a later start to professional life. These measures should be extended beyond to regions with a youth unemployment rate of up to 25%, in order to have a preventive effect. Only then will the proposal have the necessary impact.

There is potential for other improvements and these must be implemented. There is no more time for discussion. European young people and civil society as a whole expect total commitment from the EU in their support.

For further information: Mettre fin au scandale du chomage des jeunes (English version later)

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The European Economic and Social Committee represents the various economic and social components of organised civil society. It is an institutional consultative body established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome. Its consultative role enables its members, and hence the organisations they represent, to participate in the EU decision-making process. The Committee has 344 members from across Europe, who are appointed by the Council of the European Union.

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