EU presidency to focus on jobless
Published 01/12/2012 | 17:24
Helping unemployed young people into jobs will be at the heart of Irish efforts during the country's presidency of the European Union, social protection minister Joan Burton said.
The European Commission is due to launch initial plans for a Youth Guarantee this Wednesday.
The guarantee is expected to ensure that 18 to 24-year-olds are given a job offer, an apprenticeship, training or combined work and training within four months of becoming unemployed, organisers of a special Dublin conference on the issue said.
Minister Burton said: "Building a strong Youth Guarantee framework to get unemployed young people into training, internships and employment will be at the heart of Irish efforts during our presidency of the European Union.
"Getting European support through the ESF (European Social Fund) and other sources for this policy will be a key issue in Irish negotiations over the coming months."