“scarred for life” by joblessness

The European Union has laid out its plan to get Europe’s six million unemployed young people back to work, with officials warning that unless countries take action soon, they risk creating a generation “scarred for life” by joblessness.

Soaring unemployment across the bloc – where 26 million people are out of work – is top of the agenda at a summit of EU heads of state in Brussels next week. Young people have been hit particularly hard by the recession, with nearly a quarter of all under-25s out of a job.

Recommendations from the European Commission include a boost in spending on youth employment programmes, accelerating schemes already in the pipeline, and implementing policies to make creating and finding jobs easier. Read more