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Self-employment seen as possible exit door for jobless youth

Topic: youth unemployment

Transport 05-10-2016

EU 'ready to explore' free InterRail tickets for European teenagers

The European Commission is considering handing out free InterRail tickets to all young Europeans when they turn 18, following up on a proposal made by Members of the European Parliament to counter the wave of euroscepticism spreading across the continent.

The Brief: Interrail giveaway smacks of desperation

The ancient Romans used bread and circuses to stop their citizens rising in revolt. The European Union uses cheap phone bills and free holidays.
Elections 29-09-2016

Embattled Spanish Socialist party hit by leadership 'coup' attempt

Spain's Socialist party was hit by a "coup" attempt Wednesday (28 September) with half of its leadership quitting in a bid to oust leader Pedro Sanchez and unblock the country's political deadlock.

Youth excluded from Bratislava Summit

We call for real, new investment in tackling the big problems that youth - and therefore the whole of society - faces. And we ask that, at this crossroads for our Union, our leaders finally champion young people, writes Johana Nyman.

Greece's jobless rate drops to 23.1% in second quarter

Greece's jobless rate declined to 23.1% in April-to-June from 24.9% in the first quarter, data from the country's statistics service showed on Thursday (15 September).
Euro & Finance 06-07-2016

Parliament asks for EU budget hike, renews call for 'own resources'

The European Parliament will call for an increase to the EU budget today (6 July), for 2014-2020. With the refugee crisis, faltering investment and high youth unemployment, they have no shortage of convincing arguments. EurActiv France reports.

Youth employment: Together we can make a change

The young need to be able to dream, to make plans and to be active citizens, to envision a successful career in the profession of their choice. Marianne Thyssen argues that the European Commission is helping them do just this.

Southern Europeans flock to UK for jobs

Increasing numbers of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese people are moving to Britain to work, likely reflecting weak labour market conditions in the southern eurozone, a new study revealed on Wednesday (13 April).

ILO: Middle class at risk

The erosion of the middle class is worrying, because it particularly hurts young people, thus leading to an intergenerational gap. But it is even more worrisome, as it does not seem to have been taken seriously enough so far, said ILO senior economist Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead.

Greece on the brink of 'education tragedy'

The economic crisis has dramatically impacted the already struggling Greek education system, according to a trade union report published last week (19 January). EurActiv Greece reports.

Thyssen: Our fight against youth unemployment is beginning to bear fruit

The economic recovery has improved the EU's labour markets with the employment rate continuing to increase, albeit very slowly, Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen said in Brussels on Thursday (21 January). 

Don't just take first job offer, new graduates warned

For new graduates, accepting a first job offer and entering the labour market might appear to be the best option. But research indicates that waiting for a job that matches an individual's skill level will be a more successful move over time.
Digital 20-11-2015

Oettinger: Youth unemployment is waste of talent we can't afford

It's unacceptable that the youth unemployment rates in some EU member states are massive, when the ICT sector has problems recruiting people, according to Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

Thyssen: New business-led initiative will help young people into jobs

Though the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in member states is on track, the Commission is launching a new initiative with businesses to help more young people into jobs, says Marianne Thyssen in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 09-11-2015

The Future for the Europe we need

“No time for business as usual” was the motto repeated by key EU leaders recently when announcing the EU priorities for 2016. These words ring particularly true in today’s context, writes Étienne Davignon. 

Youth Employment Initiative under threat in 2016

The European Parliament hopes to extend EU funding to combat youth unemployment for 2016, but member states are reluctant to renew its funding. EurActiv France reports

Poverty in Europe is getting worse, not better

Member states have committed to lifting 20 million people out of poverty by 2020. But this has been hard to do in a time of economic recession, writes Georges Dassis.
Digital 27-10-2015

Made in Italy

Made in Italy is a unique collaboration between the Italian Ministry of Employment, Unioncamere, Google and Italian SMEs, created to boost digital skills, improve business competitiveness and tackle youth unemployment.
Central Europe 26-10-2015

Kalfin: Expect long discussions over revision of Posted Workers directive

Long and lively discussions in between the member states, and between the member states and the European Parliament, are expected in light of the anticipated revision of the Posted Workers Directive, Ivailo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria, told a small group of journalists in Brussels.

Spain's jobless rate falls to 4-year low ahead of vote

Spain's jobless rate has dropped to a four-year low, official data showed on Thursday (22 October), giving Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's center-right government a boost, as it prepares for December's general election.

A Europe of progress close to its people

Europe needs radical social reform, including a basic income, eurobonds and a financial transaction tax, argues Georges Dassis.
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Study highlights different drivers of youth unemployment

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / The drivers behind youth unemployment are remarkably divergent across the EU due to the different ways labour markets are designed at national level.
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‘Resilience strategies’ help vulnerable youth out of unemployment

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / While it can be tough being unemployed, putting individuals at risk of poverty, the situation can be even worse for vulnerable youngsters who can sink into depression and homelessness.
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Self-employment seen as possible exit door for jobless youth

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Across the EU, governments are encouraging young people to become self-employed, with limited success so far.