In Friday, 30 October 2020, the Council adopted the Commission's proposal for a recommendation on an easier transition to the world of work from 1 July, which strengthens the Youth Guarantee. The recommendation increases comprehensive support for youth employment across the EU, which is becoming more inclusive, including when it comes to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, said: Given that the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately affect young people, we must act quickly. The aim of the recently adopted Recommendation is to provide young people with all opportunities to develop their full potential and progress in the world of work. The recommendation has been allocated significant EU funding under the NextGenerationEU instrument and the future MFF, which will help young Europeans cope with a rapidly changing labor market. I encourage Member States to make the best use of money for the benefit of the next generation.
Young people who have applied for the Youth Guarantee are entitled to a job offer, further education, traineeship or apprenticeship within four months of completing formal education or losing their job. Since 2014, every year more than 3.5 million young people registered in the Youth Guarantee have accepted such an offer. Under the new Recommendation, the Youth Guarantee is aimed at a wider target group of people under 29 years of age. It also brings a more tailored approach by providing young people, especially the vulnerable, with guidelines that are tailored to their individual needs and the green and digital transition of our economies. The main priority is to ensure that young people have the appropriate digital skills.