The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish its special report "Youth unemployment – have EU policies made a difference? An assessment of the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative" on Tuesday 4 April 2017 at 10h30 in 23 EU languages.
The auditors assessed whether the Youth Guarantee was delivering results in the Member States and whether the Youth Employment Initiative was contributing towards it. They carried out audit visits in Ireland, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Slovakia.
The report will point to the limited progress made by the EU Youth Guarantee and the limited contribution of the Youth Employment Initiative in the Member States visited, and make a number of recommendations to both the European Commission and the Member States.
The ECA Member Iliana Ivanova responsible for the report and the audit team will be available for comment. Please contact the ECA Press Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the Youth Guarantee, Member States should ensure that all young people under 25 receive a good quality offer of employment, continued education, apprenticeship or traineeship within four months of leaving school or losing a job. In addition, the European Council established the Youth Employment Initiative to increase support for those regions and individuals struggling the most, with a budget of €6.4 billion.
More than 4.2 million young people under the age of 25 in the EU were still unemployed at the end of June 2016. The worst affected Member States were Greece, Spain and Italy.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its performance and compliance audits of specific budgetary areas or management topics. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.