Action to tackle youth unemployment must be coordinated with action to stimulate general economic recovery and employment policy reform. Initiatives are needed to promote entrepreneurship and to retain as many existing jobs as possible, and measures should also be taken to encourage entrepreneurs to create new jobs. Real improvement in the situation of young people depends to a large extent on state support and improved cooperation between employment services, careers advisory services, training institutions and youth support services, including the active participation of the social partners and representatives of young people and youth organisations.