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Youth / Employment policy 16-10-2013 - 13:38 / Updated: 15-01-2014 - 16:17
(European Parliament's Elections)  

Why is it so hard to find a job? With more than 26 million Europeans out of work, unemployment is one of the biggest issues that Europe is facing today. New approaches are needed and many were discussed at the ReACT conference organised by Parliament in Paris on 15 October. (Read more: Employment: solutions for the future )

Working for yourself rather than for a company can have benefits such as flexibility and more control, but it can also mean having fewer social rights than employees. The Parliament adopted a resolution on 14 January calling for adequate social protection for the growing number of self-employed workers, who now represent more than 15% of total employment in the EU. We discussed it with Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, a Lithuanian member of the S&D group, who wrote the report on it. (Read more: “Self-employment should not be used as a means to bypass social security laws”)

The youth guarantee, an invigorated Erasmus programme and making it easier for people to work abroad - the Parliament is doing everything it can to help people find a job, especially young people. More than 26 million people and some 25% of young people are out of work in the EU. Check out our interactive infographic about the employment situation in the EU. (Read more: Infographic: the fight against unemployment)

Be proactive, be social, be different. Employment can be boosted in a variety of ways and some of the more innovative approaches were explored during the ReAct Paris event, dedicated to how to get Europe working again. During the conference on 15 October, experts and business leaders shared their ideas for creating jobs at a time of lethargic growth. (Read more: ReAct: business leaders speak out in favour of a different approach to employment)

Growing unemployment especially among the young has been one of the worst consequences of the current economic crisis. Youth unemployment has risen to an unprecedented high level, especially in Eastern and Southern Europe, as can be seen in the infographic. This Wednesday MEPs will discuss what can be done to boost employment and kick-start the economy. (Read more: Creating job opportunities for young people)

With nearly one in four young Europeans unemployed, the EU needs to look harder for solutions. The European parliament is not only consulting with politicians and experts, but wants to hear suggestion from those directly involved: young people. On 6-8 November, the Parliament hosts the Agora event, inviting young workers and job seekers from across the EU to debate how youth unemployment should be tackled. We asked twelve of them to share their proposals with us. (Read more: Agora 2013: young Europeans propose ways to fight youth unemployment)

More unemployed youths will be helped to work or training, thanks to plans approved by the EP's employment committee on 23 April. It will allow more people to qualify for a proposed youth guarantee, entitling them to a job, training or an apprenticeship if they have been unemployed for more than four months. This will be a welcome boost at a time when one in four young people in the EU is out of work. Find out the facts about youth unemployment in our infographic. (Read more: Employment MEPs approve plans to help more young people to work or training)

Tiago boasts an economic sciences degree, but you wouldn’t know it from the work he does. The 28-year-old hops from one temp job to another in construction and food services. His situation is typical of the problems experienced by many in his age group. Even when young people do manage to find a job, it is often temporary and below their education level. Meanwhile Tiago is considering retraining to improve his chances: “I hope it works out this time.” (Read more: Jobs: “It isn’t until you’re unemployed that you realise how important work is for happiness”)

From the creative to the controversial: experts came up with many strategies to boost employment in Europe at the ReAct Paris event on 15 October. The conference organised by the European Parliament was dedicated to how to create jobs for Europeans. Watch what experts suggested and join the debate on our LinkedIn page. (Read more: Employment: ReAct Paris conference sparks debate over how to create more jobs)

REF. : 20131014TST22248