EU: Labour;Brussels approves job plan in 4 months for youths

Green light from European ministers. Barroso, states to engage

01 March, 12:19

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MARCH 1 - A scheme to give youths guarantees against unemployment and a growing phenomenon known as NEET (not in employment, education or training) received a first green light. Just three months after a proposal from the EU Commission, EU labour ministers adopted a common approach to back a new mechanism before it is formally approved in the spring.

The project, first adopted in Austria and Finland, provides for youths under 25 to be offered a job, internship, traineeship or a new education course in the first four months after getting their degree. The EU is planning to co-finance this new system with social and cohesion funds and with 6 billion euros allocated in 2014-2020 for European regions where youth unemployment exceeds 25%.

Now member states 'will have to translate this accord into concrete action as soon as possible', said the president of the European executive Barroso, as the scheme is a recommendation and is not mandatory for countries. 'It is of crucial importance that member states implement measures to make it become a reality', said Lazlo Andor, EU commissioner for social affairs. The Irish presidency of the EU believed countries should have no choice in implementing the scheme to confront the risk of a 'lost generation'.

In order not to leave national governments alone, Brussels has not ruled out the possibility of sending a team of experts as it did last year in some countries including Italy.

Cooperation plans to monitor the situation and exchange good practices will also be part of the planning of EU funds.

The Commission's recommendations to each country in May and engagements within the European semester will also play an important role. (ANSAmed)
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