PES Network fighting against youth unemployment
Fighting youth unemployment and implementing the EU Youth Guarantee is core PES business – thus, permanently on the PES Network´s agenda. A challenge finding political support as pointed out by Ursula von der Leyen´s opening statement:
“Youth unemployment is at 14.2% in Europe, but ranges from 5% to 40% in some countries. We cannot accept this. Young people have aspirations, they want to work, they want to have a future – and it is our job to let them achieve this. This is why I will make sure the Youth Guarantee, which I started when I was a minister for labour affairs in our Council, is working as well as it can in every Member State.”
Progress seen, challenges remain
PES are actively implementing measures under the Youth Guarantee scheme, intervening early with unemployed and inactive youth.
Still, hard-to-reach groups and those furthest away from the labour market need to be more brought into the Youth Guarantee pathway. To reap the benefits of the work done so far, structural reforms are needed. And, better internal cooperation and capacity building of the stakeholders, including PES, is needed. (Report on PES Implementation of the Youth Guarantee, 2017)
Brussels’ youth unemployment halved after six-year continuous drop.
Brussel´s PES Actiris, is drawing a positive balance: Brussels’ youth unemployment halved after six-year continuous drop.
Since July 2019, after 6 years of continuous drop, youth unemployment decreased by 50% compared to July 2013. Check the key facts and figures of Actiris´ success here.
In the spirit of the Network, Actiris is sharing its successful practices with PES all over Europe.