Youth Employment-related Country-Specific Recommendations


  • Simplify and reinforce coherence between employment incentives, activation policies, labour matching, education, lifelong learning and vocational training policies for older people and youth.


  • Accelerate the national Youth Employment Initiative, for example through a Youth Guarantee.
  • Adopt the School Education Act and pursue the reform of higher education, in particular through better aligning outcomes to labour-market needs and strengthening cooperation between education, research and business.


  • Improve the quality of vocational training to reduce drop-out rates and increase the number of apprenticeships.


  • Continue efforts to improve the labour-market relevance of education and training systems, including by further involving social partners and implementing targeted measures to address youth unemployment.

Absorption rates - Structural and Cohesion Funds - EU-27

Note: The data shows the percentage of the total funds allocated per Member State that has been paid by the Commission, on the basis of claims submitted and incudes the payments for territorial cooperation.

Data: European Commission

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.

Youth Unemployment in the European Union

Thematic Reprogramming of EU Funds (2007-2012) - by Member State


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