The Youth Guarantee is a commitment by all Member States to ensure that all young people under the age of 25 years receive a good quality offer of
- continued education,
within a period of four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education.
All EU countries have committed to the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in a Council Recommendation of April 2013.
What has been achieved so far?
The Youth Guarantee has become a reality across the EU and has helped to improve the lives of millions of young Europeans.
- 16 million young people have entered Youth Guarantee schemes since January 2014.
- 10 million young people took up an offer, the majority of which were offers of employment.
- Almost two thirds of young people who left the Youth Guarantee in 2015 took up an offer of employment, education, traineeship or apprenticeship.
- The Youth Employment Initiative has provided direct support to over 1.6 million young people across the EU.
Three years on from when the Youth Guarantee took off, young people’s labour market performance has improved significantly:
- There are almost 1.8 million fewer young unemployed in the EU and 1 million less young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs).
- Youth unemployment has dropped from a peak of 23.7% in 2013 to 18.7% in 2016.
- The share of 15-24 year olds not in employment, education or training (NEETs) has fallen from 13.2% in 2012 to 11.5% in 2016.
Even if such trends should be seen in the context of cyclical factors, the Youth Guarantee accelerates progress by increasing opportunities for young people.
What are EU countries doing?
All EU countries have presented comprehensive Youth Guarantee Implementation Plans, complying with the deadlines set by the European Council.
The plans identify precisely the measures to be taken to implement the Youth Guarantee. They outline the timeframe for youth employment reforms and measures, the roles of public authorities and other organisations, and how it will be financed.
Use the drop-down menu or the map above to get the plan for a specific country, when published. All plans are published under the responsibility of the corresponding Member State.
Some Member States have also set up national Youth Guarantee websites, with regular updates and/or the possibility for young people to register online. Use the drop-down menu or the map above to get to these websites, when they exist.
The implementation of national plans is now underway. EU countries are making substantial efforts to implement the Youth Guarantee, which has proven to be a driver for structural reforms. The Joint Employment Reports 2016 and 2017 lists promising steps with concrete examples in many countries.
What is the EU doing?
The European Commission assesses the national plans and their implementation in the context of the European Semester – the EU's reinforced economic surveillance framework. Use the drop-down menu or the map above to read our detailed assessment of the state of play in each country.
The Employment Committee (EMCO) – in its preparation of Council deliberations – also pursues its multilateral surveillance on its implementation. The EMCO has developed an Indicator Framework for Monitoring the Youth Guarantee. The EPSCO Council endorsed key messages on this framework in December 2014.