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Chairman of the European Commission invites Latvia to reduce unemployment of young people

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Manuel Barroso

Chairman of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, as part of carrying out the agreements reached by the European Union country members in January, in a letter to Latvian Prime-minister Valdis Dombrovskis offered him to form a special group which would come up with a plan to reduce unemployment of young people as well as support small and medium businesses (SMB).

Funds to achieve both goals can be allocated by dividing the part of the EU fund for 2007-2013 which has not yet been specifically allocated, but prepared for Latvia, representatives of the Press department of the European Commission report.

According to Eurostat data, in December 2011 there were 34 000 unemployed young people, or 29.9% of all unemployed in Latvia.

The goal of the EC – is to ensure that every young person would be able to find work, place of practice or continue to study in 4 months’ time after graduating.

Chairman of the EC sent a letter to leaders of countries where the highest indexes of young people unemployment are present (Spain, Greece, Slovak Republic, Lithuania, Italy, Portugal, Latvia and Ireland), stressing the necessary steps, including the responsibility of the aforementioned specific response groups, where EC social partner representatives work as well, and performing visits of EC experts to Latvia in February.

Latvia has to develop an employment plan for young people, which would include the modern Latvia’s National reform program, by the middle of April. Specific political measures and their funding are to be noted in this plan, which would ease up the reduction of young people unemployment, thereby resolving the reality of the job market’s inappropriate quality and the consequences of preemptive termination of studies.

The other goal of the response group is to discuss, how to speed up SMB funding availability, when dividing EU allocated funds.


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  1. Oddis says:

    Oh man, yet another “plan” from the socialists in the EU. Good grief…

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    • Ramon says:

      @ Oddis, no its better to do as it , nothing, so young people will be unemployed, disappointed and leave to work outside Latvia ?
      As an employer I see that Latvia has a futere producing things and a promising young generation of craftsman with good capabilities. Around us taxes on labour are a lot lower, so less black/grey economy and more changes to work and produce.
      We should focus on keeping them here and secure a way to pay for the built up of the country. Else we will end up, with only civil servants keeping the bureaucracy alive (to keep their jobs) and pensioners and nobody to pay for them.

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