Youth unemployment is a huge challenge facing Member States across the EU. In this regard an initiative, the Youth Guarantee, was launched by the European Council in 2013. Under this scheme, all young people under 25 should receive a “good-quality” offer of employment, continued education, apprenticeship or traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. It will be financed partly from the EU budget and complementary national funding will be required.
With this report, the Court assessed whether the Commission has provided timely and appropriate support to the Member States in developing their Youth Guarantee Implementation Plans. In addition, the Court examined whether potential risks to the effective implementation of the scheme could be identified.