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EU youth can't find jobs, employers can't find workers

Jerome Hughes

Press TV, Brussels

Education is considered a fundamental right in the 27-nation European Union but questions are being raised around the effectiveness of school curriculums. The number of young people who find themselves without a job in the bloc is growing.

EU Jobs Commissioner, Nicolas Schmit, attended a meeting of EU employment ministers on Friday. During an online press conference, following the meeting, we pointed out that youth unemployment was already out of control in several EU nations prior to the pandemic, namely in Greece, Spain and Italy.

Question: "How confident can we be now that solutions can be found after the pandemic when we couldn't really find solutions before the pandemic?"

So, the commissioner believes deskilling for the digital age is the answer but the European Commission has been talking about that now for almost a decade.

Economists are saying official EU youth unemployment data at present is misleading. COVID-19 financial supports have been keeping jobs alive but these government programmers are now being withdrawn. A potential tsunami of job losses is being forecast.

The vast majority of those in precarious employment are young adults. Associated mental health issues and homelessness are big concerns. An EU social summit is scheduled for next Wednesday. Civil society organizations say the problems are well known. It's time, they say, to finally find solutions.

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