The EU and its member states have put in place a series of concrete measures to help young Europeans get a job, an apprenticeship or further education.
Youth unemployment in the EU-28: facts & figures, November 2015
At its meeting on 27-28 June 2013, the European Council took decisive steps to address the urgent problem of youth unemployment. Their decisions included:
The EU leaders agreed to spend the €6 billion youth employment initiative over 2014 and 2015 rather than 2014-2020, as originally foreseen.
In addition, it has been agreed that the unspent EU funds will be used primarily to support employment, especially for young people, but also in growth areas such as innovation and research.
Leaders agreed to strengthen existing initiatives, such as 'Your first EURES Job' and 'Erasmus +', which also fosters cross-border vocational training.
EURES currently provides access to over 1.7 million job vacancies, 1.1 million CV's and almost 31 000 registered employers across the EU.
In addition, member states were encouraged to use part of their allocations from the European Social Fund to support cross-border mobility schemes.
EU leaders agreed to put in place the quality framework for traineeships. It intends to to link up the private sector, social partners and businesses to create high-quality apprenticeships.