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One-third of Latvia's youth is unemployed

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Аuthor: Evija Trifanova/LETAIn order to resolve the youth unemployment problem, Latvia will receive 80 million EUR from the European Union (EU). The recommendations of the EU in regard to Latvia’s Youth guarantee program provide that the state is to offer quality jobs or higher education opportunities for young people within four months of them becoming unemployed or graduating from formal education.

6 billion EUR have been allotted for the youth unemployment program in the next EU budget period. This money is meant to introduce the Youth guarantee program to regions that have at least one-fourth of young people unemployed, Latvian Radio reports.

“There are approximately 7.5 million unemployed young people in Europe. Latvia is one of eight countries with the worst statistics in this regard”, – EC representative in Latvia Sanita Jemberga says.

This program will be applied to young people that neither work nor study. Left with no job or just having graduated, a person up to the age of 25 will receive an offer to solve his or her unemployment problem. “Either keep studying or go work. This is what this money is meant for”, – she explains.

According to her, member states will have the freedom of choice – what to offer young people. Benefits will include wage subsidies, high quality work placement, mobility benefits, support for business initiation or education.

One third of Latvia’s youth is unemployed. There are currently 11 thousand newly registered unemployed people. Welfare Ministry’s job market policy department representative Ilze Zvidrina mentions that the State Employment Agency (SEA) is currently carrying out employment policy measures that can generally play the role of the new Youth guarantee program: “What we see now, means we can continue to realize specific measures for this and the next period. It is not planned to adopt anything new. The measures provided by SEA adhere to the basic measures employed by other EU countries”.

Zvidrina emphasizes that no EU country takes it upon itself to secure jobs for all young people. The responsibility lies with young people as well, especially those with higher education. SEA primarily works with people that have a general education. “It is illogical to offer financially massive measures for a young person with exceptional professional experience and higher education. That person is able to find a job without state support”.

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  1. J. says:

    Better lower taxes.
    European countries tax sound businesses too heavily, give some of the tax revenues to the EU, and then the Brussels bureaucrats give some of this money back to whatever they think are good causes…
    Latvia’s shame is that PIT, social contributions and so on make it very expensive to hire employees although the employees’ income after tax is only crumbles. (Micro companies reduce this problem a bit, but VAT on expenses, real property tax, heating tariffs and dividend tax make people think twice before investing in Latvia)

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