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Submitted by Tine Radinja on

Young people NEET are a global problem and deserve global solution
In Europe the youth participation has a rich history and several different well functioning mechanisms are in place such as: representative pan-european youth platform (European Youth forum), structured dialogue within EU and co-management system in Council of Europe.

Still the voice of young people was not heard enough when there was a need for a strong investment in youth. Investment in programs that would prevent numbers of NEET grow to the unprecedented rates. The issue of long-term unemployment is now one of paramount concern for young people. Considering that long term unemployment when young, can have profound effect on employability and career development in the medium to long-term, the current youth unemployment crisis will be felt in Europe for the next 20 years.

The cost of NEET in terms of lost tax contribution and social welfare payments alone, is estimated to have been around €153 billion only in 2011, equating to around 1.2% of the EU’s total GDP and has grown ever since. Young people in Europe had to hit rock bottom for things to start changing. The unemployment had to reach up to 50% in some countries to dedicate real attention and serious EU resources to the solutions.
One of the solutions that came up from dialogue with the youth platforms is the Youth Guarantee - a policy where governments, regional authorities and public employment services, with the involvement of youth organisations, commit to offering a young person a quality-job, training or re-training within a certain period of being made unemployed or leaving formal education.

What is crucial about the youth guarantee is that it involves a rights-based approach to youth employment and recognizes that young people can expect certain services and provisions from the state and their community. The EU will allocate 6 billion euros in the scheme in next years next to the significant raise in Erasums+ program that is focused on Education and Training opportunities.

Globally the trends are similar and rate of youth unemployment is increasing and more and more young people are dropping out of the labour market entirely and are also less likely to be registered as unemployed. Therefore there is stronger need than ever to find global solutions to this problems and invite young people and youth organisations to be part of this process. Devoting attention to this trough research, monitoring and advocacy about NEET globally, will raise the awareness, that there is a need for investment in young people, before the numbers hit rock bottom. If we support youth participation and opportunities for the voice of young people to be heard by the Governments and decision-makers the more hope there is, that solutions will be good, timely and inclusive.