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Experts criticize the EU member for the lack of help to tackle youth unemployment


23.8 percent of under-25s were unemployed in the euro zone in May, according to the latest data from Eurostat, compared to 12.2 percent for the population as a whole. Greece and Spain have the highest levels of youth unemployment, with more than half of under-25s out of a job.

The poor employment prospects for Europe´s youth are worsening divisions between Generation Y – people born after 1980 – and the post-war "baby boomers".

Experts criticized many EU member states for lacking the individual political will to implement the Youth Guarantee scheme.

The head of the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Eurochambers) Arnaldo Abruzzini said in an interview with Press TV.

“Roughly 80 percent of the new jobs in the last five years have been created by other means; therefore, if we do not want to fight youth unemployment, we need to take care about the growth and competitiveness of the Europe as a means,”

"The young are suffering particularly hard on the unemployment front, which is likely particularly galling to them as they see the older generations as being responsible for the economic/unemployment problems," Howard Archer, an economist at IHS Global Insight

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite  also stated.

“We cannot make an illusion for some governments to have an excuse not to do anything at home thinking that Europe will help. There is no Europe. There are only member states who are responsible for their own employment policies. So, Europe can help together with us but not solely, I think,” 

Polls show that in most European countries, the youth unemployment rate is twice as high as the overall rate.

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