Motion for a Resolution by

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL II)

A 2018 Eurostat survey revealed that 16.5% of the 20-34 olds in the EU were neither in employment nor in education and training (NEETs). Taking into account the tendency towards automatization and digitalization of jobs, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, how should the EU facilitate the integration of youth into a more competitive labour market?

Submitted by: Bakir Haljevac (BA, Chairperson)

The European Youth Parliament,

  1. Deeply concerned about the recurrence in the rise of youth unemployment, as seen in the years after the Great Recession,
  2. Appreciating the positive impact of the Youth Guarantee Programme tackling youth unemployment by providing approximately 5 million people per year with a job offer since 2014,
  3. Having examined an unequal recovery of youth employment after the Great Recession within the Member States with southern countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy having a higher youth unemployment rate in 2019 than before 2008,
  4. Noting that there will be a lower demand for low-skilled jobs in the future, 
  5. Aware of the extra costs incurred by Member States due to unemployment benefits for redundant workers, 
  6. Concerned that young employees
    1.  are facing difficulties in entering the job market
    2.  are more likely to be laid off than employees with more experience,
  7. Acknowledging that 11% of young employees lost their jobs during the pandemic and 12% consider it likely to lose it in the coming months, compared to respectively 8% and 9% of workers over 30;