Procedure : 2020/2764(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000059/2020

Texts tabled :

O-000059/2020 (B9-0019/2020)

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PV 05/10/2020 - 24
CRE 05/10/2020 - 24

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Parliamentary questions
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24 September 2020
Question for oral answer O-000059/2020
to the Commission
Rule 136
Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová, Cindy Franssen, Brando Benifei, Monica Semedo, Elena Lizzi, Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, Elżbieta Rafalska, Leila Chaibi
on behalf of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
 Answer in plenary 
 Subject: Reinforcing the Youth Guarantee

On 1 July 2020, the Commission put forward a proposal for a Council recommendation on A Bridge to Jobs – Reinforcing the Youth Guarantee and replacing Council Recommendation of 22 April 2013 on establishing a Youth Guarantee(1). As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment and inactivity rates in the EU are rising and millions of people are at risk of losing their jobs. As of June 2020, youth unemployment stood at 16.8 % across the EU, a number that is expected to rise sharply. Young people are likely to be hardest hit by the negative consequences of the crisis.

However, the 15 % allocation for targeted actions for young people not in employment contained in the amended Commission proposal on the European Social Fund + (ESF+) of 28 May 2020 has been reduced to 10 % in the European Council’s conclusions, which runs wholly counter to the Union’s ambitions to invest in young people and would therefore fail to tackle the social and employment challenges of the post-COVID-19 era.

1. What is the Commission’s assessment of the reduction in the allocation for targeted actions for young people not in employment adopted by the European Council in its conclusions of 21 July 2020?

2. How does the Commission intend to improve the monitoring of the implementation of the Youth Guarantee and encourage Member States to enhance the efficiency of the instrument?

3. Does the Commission support Parliament’s call to strengthen the quality of offers of employment under the Youth Guarantee, for example by reviewing the Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships and by supporting the introduction of a binding principle of remuneration? How does the Commission plan to encourage the Member States to implement this and to help them define binding criteria for quality offers?

4. What concrete measures does the Commission intend to take to reduce unemployment by promoting participation in vocational training programmes under the Youth Guarantee?

Submitted: 24/09/2020

Lapses: 25/12/2020

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