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Youth Guarantee: Employment Chair welcomes this first EU instrument to tackle youth unemployment

The Employment and Social Affairs Committee Chair Pervenche Berès (S&D,FR) welcomes today's Council agreement on Youth Guarantee, to ensure that no young person in the EU goes without a job, education or training for more than four month

"We welcome the creation of this first EU instrument to tackle youth employment. The Youth Guarantee is a first response not only to youth unemployment which stands at 23.4% in the EU but also to the necessary social dimension of action needed to get out of the crisis. The Parliament will therefore fight for the European Social Fund to be allocated at least 25% of the EU cohesion budget", said Pervenche Berès.

During its January plenary session, MEPs voted a resolution calling on EU employment ministers to agree in February 2013 to a Council recommendation that all member states introduce these schemes. Parliament has already called twice for such schemes.

Youth Guarantee schemes should be eligible for EU funding, in particular from the European Social Fund, which should therefore be allocated at least 25% of EU structural and cohesion funds, say MEPs.

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