A staggering one out of every four young people is presently unemployed in Spain. And comparable numbers in Greece, Portugal and Italy are hardly more encouraging. Germany, on the other hand, enjoys a historically low youth unemployment rate of 8% and is experiencing skill shortages in some occupations. Against this background, this Commentary calls upon the European Commission to use its considerable strength and know-how in bringing partners and stakeholders together in order to facilitate the necessary infrastructure to allow better matching across borders of workers and employers. The authors point to the June European Council meeting as offering a good occasion to launch initiatives to this effect.
Mikkel Barslund is Research Fellow at CEPS and Matthias Busse is a Research Assistant at CEPS.