The Council adopted a regulation increasing the advance payments for the youth employment initiative by almost €1 billion in 2015. This decision addresses the budgetary constraints faced by member states at the initial stage of the programming period. It also responds to the urgent need to act against youth unemployment.
The Council followed up the Special meeting of the European Council of 23 April on migratory pressures in the Mediterranean. The presidency and the Commission informed ministers of on-going and planned work. The Commission presented its Agenda for Migration on which ministers made preliminary remarks pending publication of the Commission legislative proposals.