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3226th Council meeting Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

6794/13 - PRESSE 71 - PR CO 12

The Council reached political agreement on a recommendation addressed to the member states on establishing "youth guarantee" schemes that aim to ensure that all young people under the age of
25 who lose their job or do not find work after leaving education quickly receive a good-quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship. They should receive
such an offer within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. The "youth guarantee" is intended to provide for a smooth transition between school and work, support labour market integration and make sure that no young person is left out. This measure is a key part of the response to the worsening youth employment situation across Europe.
The Council also held a debate on the employment and social policy aspects of the 2013 European Semester exercise, with a view to contributing to the broader discussions that the European
Council will have at its meeting on 14 and 15 March. In the framework of this debate, the EPSCO Council:
– adopted conclusions providing political guidance for employment and social policies on
the basis of the Annual Growth Survey for 2013 and the Joint Employment Report;
– adopted the Joint Employment Report;
– agreed that the guidelines for the employment policies of the member states, adopted in
2010, will be maintained for 2013;
– endorsed key messages on the social situation and 'trends to watch' in the Union, drafted by the EU's Social Protection Committee.

author(s): Council of the EU
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