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27/08/2016

Businesses and NGOs call for EU action to cut youth unemployment

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Businesses and NGOs call for EU action to cut youth unemployment

Within a short period of time, two big federations, namely Eurochambres and the European Youth Forum, have called on EU decision-makers to tackle the issue of youth unemployment.

Background

Within one month, the European Youth Forum, a platform of ninety one European youth organisations, and Eurochambres, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, called on EU decision-maker to take initiatives to reduce youth unemployment.

According to Eurostat, the level of unemployment amongst 15-24 year-olds is averaging 15 per cent across the EU, rising to 27.2 per cent in Italy and 27.4 per cent Greece and over 20 per cent in Spain, Finland and France.

On 27 January, the Greek Presidency proposed that the Youth Working Party submit a contribution for the future European Employment Strategy. The European Youth Forum welcomed this proposal and called on the Council to take the specific needs of young people into account in the future European Employment Strategy. It suggests to the Council to include stronger references to youth in the Strategy, such as a quantitative commitment to creating more youth employment, measures to improve the quality of education systems so that young people do not leave education early and an increased support for young entrepreneurs in the form of technical assistance and grants for young people.

According to Eurochambres and Junior Chamber International (JCI), the worldwide federation of young professionals and entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 40, youth unemployment is “shameful” and young people should be either in employment or education so that they can get a job. They claim that there is not a shortage of jobs, but rather a shortage of people with the required skills.