With youth unemployment over 22% across the EU*, and a shocking 53% in Spain*, European trade unions are demanding that funding for the Youth Guarantee is extended.
Youth representatives of the European Trade Union Confederation and European sectoral trade union federations will meet European Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Marianne Thyssen on Thursday 21 January to press the Commission to continue funding the Youth Guarantee beyond 2016.
The Youth Guarantee is supposed to offer all young people under 25 a decent job/apprenticeship/traineeship, or continued education within four months of them leaving formal education or becoming unemployed.
The delegation will argue that:
- The Youth Guarantee is still needed as all economic forecasts suggest that youth unemployment will remain high across Europe;
- In future it needs to be better funded and better implemented by all EU countries;
- Youth unemployment is a social timebomb and is already causing misery among younger and older generations.
Young trade unionists Thiébaut Weber and Tom Vrijens (ETUC), Cathrine Ertsas (UNI-EU), Inge Gielis (EFFAT), Michael Schuh (EPSU), Chiara Lorenzini (EFBWW), Sascha Ernszt (IndustriAll) and Koen Reynaerts (ETF) will also tell Commissioner Thyssen that the European Investment Plan should be increased to create more jobs and include specific programmes to bring young people into work.
While trade unions support the Youth Guarantee, many EU countries have yet to implement it and are not using the allocated funds.
* The latest Eurostat youth unemployment figures are for 2014.