The EP will on Monday debate a resolution containing recommendations for tackling an EU-wide shortage of relevant skills for available jobs and an education and training mismatch, major factors causing youth unemployment. They include developing strategies to anticipate market needs, encouraging entrepreneurship and creating partnerships between academia, businesses and social partners.
The non-binding resolution, drafted by Marek Plura (EPP, PL) and to be put to the vote on Tuesday, calls on member states to exchange good practice in vocational education and the development of training through skills. It also says crafts and professions with traditional and cultural elements, which often cannot be relocated elsewhere and help local communities, should be preserved and passed down to younger generations.
Background for editors
More than 7 million young Europeans are neither employed nor in education or training (NEETs). The rate of unemployment across the Union was 9.9% at the end of 2014, while the rate for young people was more than double at 21.4%. At the same time, there are 2 million unfilled vacancies in the EU and many over-qualified unemployed young people whose skills do not match the needs of the labour market.
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution
Debate: Monday, 18 January
Vote: Tuesday, 19 January