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Employment and social affairs

Responsibility for policy in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion is shared between the European Union and its member countries.

What the Commission is doing

Youth Guarantee

Through the Youth Guarantee scheme, the EU wants to tackle youth unemployment by ensuring that all young people under 25 receive a good-quality, concrete offer of a job, apprenticeship,traineeship or continued education programme within 4 months of leaving formal education or becoming unemployed.

Youth Guarantee country by country


  • Create quality jobs throughout the EU
  • Help workers to find jobs in their own or another EU country
  • Promote skills and entrepreneurship
  • Coordinate and modernise social‑security schemes
  • Create better working conditions through common minimum standards
  • Support social inclusion and combat poverty
  • Protect the rights of persons with disabilities


By 2030:

  • At least 78% of people in the EU aged 20 to 64 should be in employment
  • At least 60% of all adults in the EU should participate in training every year
  • The number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU should be reduced by at least 15 million

See what other EU institutions are doing on employment and social affairs