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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:

Youth Unemployment in the European Union

Commission Action team leaves for Greece

The European Commission action team is travelling to Greece to refocus unallocated Structural and Cohesion funds to combat youth unemployment and support SMEs. The work of the Action Team is complementary to that of the Task force for Greece. Similar Action Teams are working in Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Slovakia, Portugal.

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