Stronger measures to fight youth unemployment

The EP voted by an extensive majority a resolution calling for stronger measures to fight youth unemployment, comprising the introduction of common minimum standards for the quality of apprenticeships, decent wages and access to employment services.

MEPs ask for the efficient monitoring of the implementation of the Youth Guarantee and for the increase of its overall budget. They urge national governments to reform education and training standards in order to increase employability, to reduce administrative burdens to encourage job creation and to enhance free movement of labour in the EU.

The resolution passed by 502 votes in favour, 112 against and 22 abstentions. Members of ECR, GUE/NGL and EFDD groups were split over this vote. Moreover, amendments asking for putting an end to austerity measures were rejected, and a large majority of the S&D members abstained on these votes.

Click here to see how each MEP voted.