About: youth unemployment

Economy & Jobs 11-02-2021

EESC President: Crisis is widening gap between school and real life for youth

Europe needs to "get the economy up and running" to help its youth find opportunities and bridge the gap between school and the workplace, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Christa Schweng told EURACTIV in an interview.
Politics 01-02-2021

Sinkevicius: ‘There can be no return to business as usual’ after the pandemic

There can be no return to business as usual after the pandemic and no amount of economic pressure should force us to compromise on people’s health and the health of our planet, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius said in an interview.
Politics 09-11-2020

Don’t let Europe’s youth become a new lost generation, youth organisations urge

As Europe's economy is shrinking due to the COVID-19 pandemic, youth unemployment has been on the rise. If policymakers do not use the current crisis to invest in young people and create a more just and sustainable society, Europe's youth will become a new lost generation, Carina Autengruber told EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 05-10-2020

Commissioner Schmit: EU must stop rise of low-quality jobs in wake of pandemic

While impacting all parts of the economy, COVID-19 has hit young people particularly hard. Nicolas Schmit, the Commissioner for jobs and social rights, spoke with EURACTIV about the EU executive's efforts to address these challenges and avert the prospect of another 'lost generation.'
Economy & Jobs 06-04-2017

MEP: Own resources are only answer to EU’s ‘budget schizophrenia’

The revision of the multiannual financial framework will give the EU budget more breathing room but will still not give the bloc enough clout, MEP Isabelle Thomas told EURACTIV France.

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.
Marianne Thyssen

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.
Youth unemployment
Economy & Jobs 22-09-2015

Economist: There is a role for EU policy on overeducation among young people

SPECIAL REPORT / If overeducation is explained by factors such as excess supply of graduate labour, then there is a role for policy, says Adele Bergin.

Latvian minister: Greater youth participation “beneficial” for all

Enhanced political participation of young people will be beneficial both for society and decision makers, said Latvia's Minister for Education and Science M?r?te Seile, in an interview with EURACTIV.

Youth leader: ‘We need to stop internships replacing real jobs’

Internships should be a proper learning experience, with good supervision and guidance, says Johanna Nyman. It should also have a positive, supportive working environment with an opportunity for career development and – ideally - a job at the end of the internship.

Youth leader: ‘We, Europe’s young people, feel as though we are being left behind’

Young people deserve a better situation than either being unemployment or accepting unpaid internships, says Johanna Nyman?. The inadequate response of the EU and national governments threaten to turn Europe's youth into a lost generation, she argues.
Dr Howard Williamson

Scientist: “A youth guarantee cannot create jobs”

Whether or not a youth guarantee will enhance employability is questionable, but it is very important to ensure that young people are given a sense of purpose in their lives, which can happen through a youth guarantee but, equally, it could be through volunteering and other opportunities, Dr Howard Williamson told EURACTIV Greece in an exclusive interview.
Anders Primdahl Vistisen [Europa-Parlamentet i Danmark/Flickr]

Youngest MEP: ‘EU unemployment schemes have no value’

Anders Primdahl Vistisen is the youngest of all 751 MEPs who just began their term in Strasbourg. As a future member of the budget committees, Vistisen, a Danish People’s Party member, is focused on slimming down the budgets and also on the EU’s programmes on youth unemployment.
Peter Matjaši?

Youth Guarantee ‘an unprecedented opportunity’ to improve lives for young people

The Youth Guarantee can help unemployed, young people who are trapped in a poverty cycle, but in order to be fully successful, there needs to be a coherent and comprehensive approach to tackle youth unemployment in the EU, says Peter Matjaši?.

Cedefop director: One in four EU adults is caught in ‘low-skills trap’

One in four adults in Europe lack basic numeracy and literacy skills, impeding them from finding work. While EU-boosted vocational training tries to bridge this gap, EU countries urgently need to tackle the mismatch between education and the job market, says James Calleja.