In March 2012, the European Social Partners adopted their fourth work programme to run until 2014, addressing youth and employment, as two of the main activities. With more than 22 per cent of young people unemployed, there is an urgent need to remedy this unacceptable situation. Negotiations on a framework of actions started on 18 September 2012 and further eight meetings took place from October 2012 till March 2013.

On 9 April, the negotiation delegations were able to finalise the framework of actions, which will now be submitted to the respective decision-making bodies of ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME and CEEP for final adoption. More information on the ETUC positions on “youth and employment can be found on the ETUC website.

ETUI Contact: Margherita Bussi and Stefan Clauwaert