Unemployment levels of young people are twice as high as the average of the total workforce and in some member states, one in two below 25 is now jobless because of the economic crisis. The flagship initiative "Youth on the Move" aims to reduce the number of early school leavers and to increase the level of tertiary education attainment. Every year, about five million young people are supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) and EU programmes help more than 400,000 to work, train and study abroad.
Unemployment among young people varies a lot across regions and member states. Among the majority of the latter, regional and local authorities have key responsibilities for policies and activities related to youth policies. On average, about 50% of expenditure for education in the EU is made at sub-national level. Very often, cities and regions finance training institutions and job programmes for young people and co-finance ESF funding in this context.
In the Committee of the Regions, youth policy is dealt with by the Commission on Education, Youth, Culture and Research (EDUC) and the most recent opinion was adopted in May 2012. On 13 December 2012, the Committee held a conference on "Youth on the Move" and on the role of regional and local authorities.
Youth on the Move - Europe 2020 Conference
13 December, Brussels, Committee of the Regions JDE-Building
This conference discussed methods to respond to youth unemployment on the ground, the re-allocation of structural funds to tackle youth unemployment and how to enhance youth mobility for learning purposes and on the labour markets.
A selection of good practice was showcased at the Europe 2020 conference and was included in the Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform database.