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EU agreement on Youth Guarantee and the language of justification

by on March 1, 2013

As reported in this press release, the EU’s Council of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers reached agreement yesterday on the proposed Youth Guarantee Recommendation.

Under the Youth Guarantee the EU Member States, including the UK, are required to put in place measures to make sure that young people aged up to 25 receive a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving school or becoming unemployed.

The language of the press release is interesting. For the Commission, investment in Youth Guarantee schemes is linked to:

  • the EU’s future growth potential;
  • the need to provide answers to young Europeans who ask if they will ever get a job or achieve the same quality of life as their parents;
  • the political unacceptability of high youth unemployment; and
  • the social and economic risks of youth unemployment at both an individual and at a societal level.

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