Empowering young people and creating favourable conditions for them to develop their skills, to work and to participate actively in society is essential for the sound economic and social development of the European Union. Particularly in the context of  globalisation, knowledge-based economies and ageing  societies it is crucial that every young person is given the possibility to fulfil his or her potential.

This report by the Employment Committee describes the implementation of policies chosen by Member States to support youth
during the current economic challenges. It illustrates the practices and instruments put into effect in  different countries, existing bottlenecks and subsequent priorities for further reform.

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