A new NEET indicator coming up for the European Semester
On 2 October was launched a Commission’s Communication on “Strengthening the social dimension of the economic and monetary union” focused on reinforcing policy coordination under the European Semester and social dialogue, as well as enhancing solidarity and job mobility. The document proposes to establish a new scoreboard of indicators to better identify major employment and social challenges; among those are the NEET (not in education, employment or training) rate and youth (18-24) unemployment rate, that would contribute to measure for instance skills relevance or performance of education and labour market institutions. According to the latest EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly review (June 2013), 13,2% of young people fell in the NEET category in the fourth quarter of 2012. The scoreboard should be functional for the 2014 European Semester, feeding in the spring European Council and the preparation of Country-Specific Recommendations (see MEMO). See also SOLIDAR Conference on Decent Work and Quality Employment for NEETs on 15 October at the Parliament.