France – first operational programme adopted for the Youth Employment Initiative
The Youth Employment initiative was proposed in 2013 by the European Council with a budget of €6 billion for the period 2014-2020. It particularly supports young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) in the Union’s regions with a youth unemployment rate in 2012 at above 25% by integrating them into the labour market (see also new Commission scoreboard on NEET monitoring). On 3 June the Commission has adopted the French Operational Programme for the implementation of this initiative and €432 million will be allocated to support the setting up of the national Youth Guarantee, but also to enable mobility of apprentices, better identify young NEETs and many other crucial measures to tackle youth unemployment. See Commission press release.