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Overview of the Implementation of the EU Youth Strategy in the Field of Employment

Siyka Kovacheva
Published Online: 2014-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sjps-2014-0003


This paper provides an overview of the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy for the promotion of youth employment and entrepreneurship in the EU Member States and four non-EU states: Croatia2, Montenegro, Norway and Switzerland. It relies upon the National Reports (NRs) presenting the policy initiatives designed and accomplished during the first cycle (2010-2012) in these countries and submitted in response to a questionnaire developed by the European Commission (EC) and an examination of policy documents, academic literature and statistical data. The comparative analysis reveals a shared awareness of the gravity of the problems accumulated in the labour market integration of young people and attests to the enormous efforts put forward on European, national, regional and local levels for overcoming youth disadvantage. It also highlights the opportunities created by sharing good practices and fostering of cooperation among all policy actors for supporting the young generation to make a successful entry in the world of work.


Tento článok poskytuje prehľad realizácie mládežníckej stratégie EÚ na podporu zamestnávania a podnikania mládeže v členských štátoch EÚ a v štyroch nečlenských štátoch EÚ: v Chorvátsku2, Čiernej Hore, Nórsku a vo Švajčiarsku. Opiera sa o národné správy (NRs), predstavujúce politické iniciatívy, ktoré boli v týchto krajinách zostavené a realizované počas prvého cyklu (2010-2012) a predložené ako odozva na dotazník, ktorý vytvorila Európska komisia (EC), a o prieskum metodických dokumentov, akademickej literatúry a štatistických údajov. Porovnávacia analýza odhaľuje, že krajiny si uvedomujú závažnosť problémov, ktoré sa nahromadili v oblasti integrácie mladých ľudí do trhu práce, a svedčí o nesmiernej snahe prekonať znevýhodnenie mládeže na európskej, národnej, regionálnej a miestnej úrovni. Tiež zdôrazňuje príležitosti, ktoré sa vytvorili zdieľaním dobrej praxe a podporovaním spolupráce medzi všetkými politickými aktérmi na podporu mladej generácie, aby úspešne vstúpila do sveta práce.

Keywords: EU Youth Strategy; youth employment; youth entrepreneurship; policy initiatives

Kľúčové slová: mládežnícka stratégia EÚ; zamestnávanie mládeže; podnikanie mládeže; politické iniciatívy


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About the article

Siyka Kovacheva

Siyka Kovacheva is Associate Professor in sociology and social policy at the University of Plovdiv and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and History. She is a member of the Pool of European Youth Researchers of the Youth Partnership between the EU and CoE. Her research interests are in the field of youth transitions to employment and parenthood, civic participation, changes in family life, including gender and intergenerational relations. She has worked on many research and policy projects with the Youth Partnership, the European Youth Forum, the Youth Directorate of the Council of Europe, the DG Education and Culture; DG Employment and Social Affairs and DG Research of the European Commission, Open Society Foundation and other institutions. She is the author of twelve books and many articles and research reports. Her recent books include: Leccardi, C., C. Feixa, S. Kovacheva, H.Reiter, T.Sekulić (Eds.) 2012 1989: Young people and social change after the fall of the Berlín Wall. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing. Chisholm,L., S. Kovacheva, M.Merico (Eds.) 2011 European Youth Studies: Integrating research, policy and practice. E-Reader, Innsbruck: MA EYS consortium. Kovacheva, S. 2010 Work-Life Balance: Young Working Parents between Opportunities and Constraints, Sofia: East-West.

Published Online: 2014-03-11

Published in Print: 2014-01-01

Citation Information: Slovak Journal of Political Sciences, Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 5–24, ISSN (Online) 1335-9096 , DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sjps-2014-0003.

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