.Today young people all over Europe are key priority to the EU Commission who calls for employment and social inclusion to be top priority.

Youth unemployment in the EU among 15-24-year-old has increased by 50% since the onset of the crisis, from an average of 15% in February 2008 to 22,5% in July this year.

Latest figures released by Eurostat (European statistics) show that highest rates are in Greece (53.8%) and Spain (52.9%). Across the EU, more than 30% of young unemployed have been jobless for more than a year.

EU Youth Report, released every three years, calls for youth employment, social inclusion, health and the well-being of young people to be top priorities in Europe’s youth policy. This underlines that the EU and Member States must do more to support young people, because they have been the first victims of the economic crisis.

I am deeply concerned by the effects of the crisis on young people. Far too many of them are at risk of social exclusion and poverty. Young people are our future and I am committed to strengthening our policies and programmes in education, training and youth in order to increase their job prospects and opportunities in life,” said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

Besides, future employment also will depend in the level of education. According to an independent report presented to the EU, major geographic disparities persist in educational opportunities and outcomes, not only across but also within the EU. More information here.

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