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Youth Unemployment: Launch of European Alliance for Apprenticeships

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is launched today by Commissioners Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) and László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) at the 2013 WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany. The Alliance will help to fight youth unemployment by improving the quality and supply of apprenticeships across the EU through a broad partnership of key employment and education stakeholders. It also seeks to change attitudes to apprenticeships. It will in particular identify the most successful apprenticeship schemes in the EU and apply appropriate solutions in each Member State.

The Alliance is supported by the first-ever joint Declaration by the European Commission, the Presidency of the EU's Council of Ministers and European level trade union and employer organisations (the European Trade Union Confederation - ETUC, BusinessEurope, the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services - CEEP and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises - UEAPME). The Alliance promotes measures which will be supported by the European Social Fund, the Youth Employment Initiative and Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training and youth.

Council conclusions on Youth Unemployment

Press release - The European Council agreed on a comprehensive approach to combat youth unemployment, building on the following concrete measures: speeding up and frontloading of the Youth Employment Initiative; speeding up implementation of the Youth Guarantee; increased youth mobility and involvement of the social partners. The European Council also discussed ways to boost investment and improve access to credit. It called for the mobilisation of European resources including that of the EIB; and launched a new "Investment Plan" to support SMEs and boost the financing of the economy.

Solutions to the problem of Youth Unemployment in Lithuania

In February 2012 Youth Action Teams comprised of national experts and officials of the European Commission were set up in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, and Slovakia – the EU countries with the highest rate of youth unemployment. Their objective was to reallocate Structural Funds in order to create job opportunities for young people and support access to finance for SMEs. In the case of Lithuania the Youth Action Teams reprogrammed EUR 31 million by amending programmes or making internal reallocation between financing measures. Here are the concrete measures that have been taken to tackle youth unemployment in Lithuania.

Combating Youth Unemployment with Structural Funds - the case of Spain

In February 2012 Youth Action Teams comprised of national experts and officials of the European Commission were set up in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, and Slovakia – the EU countries with the highest rate of youth unemployment. Their objective was to reallocate Structural Funds in order to create job opportunities for young people and support access to finance for SMEs.

The Action Team Spain reprogrammed a total of €1,2 billion. The following measures have been decided or are pending on the European Commission’s approval:

Measures to tackle youth unemployment in Greece using Structural Funds

Together with Greek authorities the Action Team of the European Commission reprogrammed EUR 1,15 billion for projects aimed at combating youth unemployment . 'A national youth action plan was announced in January 2013. Up to now, an amount of approx. EUR 635 million has targeted 182 812 beneficiaries while an additional budget of EUR 517 million targeting 350 000 participants has already been committed and is being used to promote youth related activities under the action plan. The revisions of 8 ERDF and 4 ESF programmes were submitted in Q3 2012 and programmes were approved in December. These revisions have the following aims:

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