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Merkel admits EU’s youth unemployment initiative has been a failure

Earlier this month, France became the first and so far only EU country to receive an approval for its national scheme. The Commission will make funding available so that France can receive €620 million from the YEI and the European Social Fund (ESF). The money will go towards helping young people who not in employment, education or training (the so-called NEETs) to find a job in those regions where youth unemployment rates over 25%.

But though France secured the EU funds, the Commission has criticised the efficiency of national measures.

“Public services to promote youth employment (called ‘local missions’) are having difficulties proposing appropriate services to job-seekers,” the Commission emphasised in its recommendations on France’s 2014 national reform programme, issued on 2 June.

According to the Commission, the measures taken by the French government to deliver the Youth Guarantee are “insufficient”.

“The actual quality of this support, which includes CV-writing workshops and interview simulations, is unclear at this stage. Moreover, this guarantee only tackles a minor part of the overall youth unemployment, as there are 674,000 young people registered in total,” the Commission said.

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