Youth Unemployment

The EU Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment Sub-Committee is conducting an inquiry into EU action to tackle youth unemployment.

Inquiry Status: Inquiry concluded and Report published. Government Response received. Report debated on 17 June 2014.

The decision to undertake an inquiry was prompted by the devastating effect of the economic crisis on youth employment in the EU. According to Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, in June 2013 the youth unemployment rate in the EU-27 stood at 23.2 per cent – more than twice that of the overall unemployment rate.

The EU has pledged to spend eight billion euro between 2014-2020 to help tackle youth unemployment. The inquiry aims to focus on issues related to the newly agreed EU funds, such as how these funds could best be spent, the monitoring and evaluation of funded projects, and how EU funding could bring ‘added value’ to existing measures tackling youth unemployment. The inquiry will also look closely at the representation of young unemployed people in decisions made on measures to tackle youth unemployment.