The European Parliament called for strong measures to fight youth unemployment by adopting a Resolution on July, 17th
The MPs called the European Commission as well as the Member States to do more in order to tackle the problem of youth unemployment in the whole Europe.
They urged for an ‘European legal framework, introducing minimum standards for the implementation of the youth guarantees, including the quality of apprenticeships, decent wages for young people and access to employment services’. As far as the Youth Employment Initiative is concerned, the European Parliament blamed a lack of funding : a greater budget provided by the European Commission will be needed for the next seven years. 6 € billion are not sufficient, the said.
At national level, additional measures need to be settled: measures to discourage young people from dropping out of school, promoting training and apprenticeships, and comprehensive strategies for those who are not in employment, education or training.
The resolution also underlined the importance for young people of acquiring skills that would make them more employable, such as knowledge of information technologies, leadership skills, critical thinking and languages.
Full text of the adopted Resolution: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P8-TA-2014-0010+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN
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