The economic crisis is looking more and more like the Dark Ages for young Europeans in search of jobs. Official figures show that one out of five of them actively ready to work can’t. In parts of Spain and Greece the figure pushes towards half. Unemployment is shutting young people out of active society.
That is the conclusion of the European Commission, which has just unveiled its latest proposals to EU countries on how to tackle the problem effectively.
One of the central ideas is to encourage moving around in the European labour market.
European Employment Commissioner László Andor said: “The Your first EURES Job search network will be improved. It will not only include targeted mobility schemes for young people, but also cover work related apprenticeships and traineeships. The Commission also intends to develop the Your first EURES Job programme further. This gives young people more possibilities to work and train in another member state, which will increase their employment opportunities.”
Fifteen-to-twenty-five-year-olds in euro zone states Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are facing higher than 35 percent unemployment.
Eleven countries, including the euro zone’s number two economy France, have at least 25 percent.
Up to 25 percent are affected in eight states, notably Sweden and Finland, and non-euro member the UK.
Out of the 27 EU states, only four have an unemployment rate below 15 percent: Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Brussels has said it recognises that these levels are unbearable. It recommends that a Europe-wide guarantee for young people be created.
The aim of this is to ensure that under-26-year-olds receive either a quality job offer or an offer of professional training within four months of finishing their studies.
The proposal is non-binding on the EU members, but they can count on support from the community budget, such as from the European Social Fund.