Ecorys’ Anja Meierkord has highlighted lessons from the implementation of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) at a meeting of the European Parliament’s EMPL Committee on Thursday 23rd March 2017.
Anja presented findings on the design, implementation and outcomes of the Youth Employment Initiative to date. She emphasised that important evidence gaps remain, including on the number of young people involved in YEI-funded measures to date and the quality of employment, education or training offers received.
She found that the strength of the initiative was that the considerable amount of funding available through the YEI made youth employment a common policy priority across the Member States and that funding could be used with relative flexibility. Further, the YEI supports the introduction of the ‘Youth Guarantee’ and beneficial labour market policies for young people in some Member States.
Challenges for successful delivery include a shortened time-frame for implementation (by 2018), Anja emphasised in the presentation. In addition, the quality of the YEI depends on the quality of the services provided in the Member States, which is not always guaranteed. Further, the YEI was perceived as bureaucratic and administratively burdensome by providers.
She made several recommendations, including the extension of the implementation period of the YEI beyond 2018. In addition, Anja proposed that regional eligibility criteria should be revised and that programme efficiency could be improved in future through better coherence with other European programmes.
Anja’s presentation built on Ecorys’ experience evaluating the YEI, including our analysis of its first results for the European Commission, the first YEI evaluation for the Department of Work and Pensions, and other evaluations and research assignments in the area of youth employment and school-to-work transitions.
Read Anja’s briefing on "Youth Employment Initiative: Lessons from Implementation"
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