EU looks to tackle high youth unemployment

Suzie Neuwirth

YOUTH unemployment in the EU needs to be tackled urgently, according to governments in the region and the European Commission today.

The French, Italian and German governments highlighted the issue at a conference in Paris, saying that a range of measures including apprenticeships need to be introduced.

The European Commission made an announcement outlining proposed measures to tackle the issue.

The EC has suggested a ‘Youth Guarantee’, whereby all young people up to 25 will receive an offer of a job, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving formal education or becoming unemployed.

In March there were 5.7 million young people unemployed in the 27 countries in the EU, of which 3.6 million were in the euro area, according to statistics from the EC.

However, the gap between countries is very high, with youth unemployment rates around 7.6 per cent in Germany and Austria but hitting 59.1 per cent in Greece and 55.9 per cent in Spain.