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Youth unemployment is a high-priority issue for the Government. As a part of work on the European Employment Strategy, Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson initiated a high-level meeting in Stockholm to discuss young people’s situation in the labour market. On 18-19 February five European ministers responsible for labour market issues met for a High Level Learning Exchange on ‘Designing and implementing effective strategies to support the integration and retention in the labour market of youth at risk’.

  • Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister of Health and Labour Estonia, Tom Bevers, Chairman of the Employment Committe of the European Union, Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment Sweden, Melanie Leonhard, State Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Integration Hamburg Germany, José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Portugal, Michel Servoz, Director-General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Commission and Jørn Neergard Larsen, Minister for Employment Denmark in front of Rosersbergs slott.

    Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister of Health and Labour Estonia, Tom Bevers, Chairman of the Employment Committe of the European Union, Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment Sweden, Melanie Leonhard, State Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Integration Hamburg Germany, José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Portugal, Michel Servoz, Director-General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Commission and Jørn Neergard Larsen, Minister for Employment Denmark.

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– I am very satisfied with this meeting. Together with ministerial colleagues and officials from the European Commission we have discussed what efforts are working, and not working, for young people who have difficulty establishing themselves in the labour market.We have had good discussions where we shared important experiences, says Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson.

Even though economic growth is now increasing and new jobs are being created, it is still difficult for some young people to enter, and remain at, the labour market. To reduce youth unemployment, the Government is investing in closer cooperation between central and local government with the help of the Youth Employment Delegation; within the scope of this delegation, 286 municipalities have signed agreements with the Swedish Public Employment Service on how they will tackle youth unemployment at local level.

On 18-19 February Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson hosted a European high-level meeting in Stockholm.The purpose of the meeting was to share experiences and best practice from each country and build on earlier lessons concerning young people who have difficulty establishing themselves in the labour market. Ministers from Denmark, Estonia, Germany and Portugal as well as representatives of the EU took part in the meeting.

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