Another step to a more effective Youth Guarantee

SOLIDAR foundation welcomes the decision of the European Parliament to provide an extension of the funding of the Youth Guarantee (YG) that will allow the programme to operate throughout 2017. However, the financial boost of 500 million euros, agreed by MEPs in Strasbourg in September, is far from being sufficient to ensure a decent future for youth. We demanded that the Youth Guarantee becomes a permanent feature of European employment policy with continued funding and comprehensive implementation guidelines for Member States. In the framework of the NEGOTIATE research project (Horizon 2020), in which SOLIDAR Foundation is involved, they look at the future of the YG and how the EU could facilitate continuity of the initiative while facing the ongoing challenges of the changing world of work, see for example the paper on ‘Strategies to improve labour market integration of young people: Analyzing linkages between horizontal and vertical policy coordination’. In addition, they note that discrepancies on the implementation of the YG should be taken into account. This will be further discussed on 4 and 5 December during the final conference of the NEGOTIATE project in Brussels (more information will come shortly).

Following requests from Member States and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), the European Parliament voted on Monday 22 October 2017 on a non-binding resolution that aims at increasing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the support scheme.

The MEPs, led by the Rapporteur Derek Vaughan (S&D, UK) noted that:

  • The main focus is placed on NEETs, young people not in employment, education or training;
  • The European Social Fund, as well as the Member States, should make more funds available;
  • Public employment services should share best practices and get better at supporting young people who have the hardest time finding a job;
  • Member States should agree on what constitutes a “quality offer” to unemployed young people;
  • The European Commission and the Member States should set up an up-to-date monitoring system that allows for a better assessment of the progress achieved;
  • The Commission should provide more precise information and an annual report on the cost-effectiveness of the YG and how the implementation of the programme is monitored in the Member States.

We especially welcome the extended focus of more than 14 million NEETs who are currently in Europe as well as the reaffirmed commitment to remain vigilant in ensuring  employment under the scheme corresponds to quality jobs instead of precarious contracts and a never-ending circle of traineeships.

More information about the resolution can be found here.

 

If you are interested in the effects of long-term unemployment on youth, join us for the NEGOTIATE project’s final conference on ‘Scarred Youth – What can the EU do?’ that will take place on 4 and 5 December in Brussels. You can register here until 23 November 2017.

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