Action plan to tackle youth unemployment

7th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Greater Brussels regional government has agreed on a series of measures to tackle the problem of youth unemployment in the capital.

The Greater Brussels regional government has agreed on a series of measures to tackle the problem of youth unemployment in the capital. Youth unemployment in Brussels is currently 35.3%. This is more than double the average for the European Union as a whole.

With more than a third of youngsters not in full-time education being registered unemployed, the regional government has decided to take action.

An action plan has been drawn up by the Greater Brussels Government.

The region's Employment Minister Benoît Cerexhe (Francophone Christian democrat, photo) and the Head of the regional government Charles Picqué (Francophone socialist) announced the new measures on Wednesday.

They will be aimed at unemployed people under the age of 25.

"Despite youth unemployment having fallen since 2005, we feel that it’s necessary to expand on the measures we've already taken.”, Mr Cerexhe told journalists.

The region is preparing a total of 26 campaigns around five central themes.

For example, it will become easier for job-seekers to gain work experience and greater efforts will be made with regard to the assistance given to job-seekers by staff at job centres.

The new measures have already received the approval of the Greater Brussels Regional Government and the social partners.

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