EU Youth Guarantee

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The EU Youth Guarantee: A “Lost Generation”?

Youth unemployment in the EU has now reached an average rise of 23.5%. More specifically, there has been an increase of the “NEETs,” young people who are not in employment, education or training to 14 million young Europeans. As a new targeted policy, the European Council endorsed the principle of the Youth Guarantee in June 2013, an  scheme  to offer all young people up to the age of 25 a good quality employment opportunity, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving their formal education or becoming unemployed. The Youth Guarantee is based on the model of earlier national plans that were successfully implemented in Scandinavian countries, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Poland.