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[IWS] ADAPT: A GUARANTEE THAT IS NOT THERE (YET) – The Reasons for the Poor Functioning of the Youth Guarantee in Italy [14 February 2015]

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ADAPT University Press (Association for International and Comparative Studies in the field of Labour Law and Industrial Relations)


A GUARANTEE THAT IS NOT THERE (YET) – The Reasons for the Poor Functioning of the Youth Guarantee in Italy [14 February 2015]

Summary Report for Jyrki Katainen, Vice-president of the European Commission [14 February 2014]

by Michele Tiraboschi


[full-text, 14 pages]


[ADAPT recently produced this short report on the results of the "Youth Guarantee", a EU program to tackle youth unemployment. The report was submitted to the Vice-president of the European Commission because he asked for some quick reference to the progress made by the program].


The Youth Guarantee has been in place for nine months now. This is a short

period of time, which nevertheless is sufficient to provide a first assessment of this



At present, the results of the programme are far from deserving the name. In fact,

the widespread perception among young people, practitioners and the public at

large is that the Youth Guarantee is yet another failure by Italy as regards labour



Statistics confirm this point: only 3% of participants have been offered either an

occupation, training, or an internship. It is safe to argue that in many Regions

(especially those with the highest rates of unemployment and school-leaving), the

Youth Guarantee has not even been implemented and has been mostly used as a

topic in conferences or to create new websites that do not work nor do they serve

as placement tools. Many young people have enrolled on the Youth Guarantee

programme long time ago, but nobody thus far has contacted them or looked after

their case.


The past expectations placed on the Youth Guarantee were as great as the current

disappointment. Ensuring a guarantee to an army of discouraged young people –

estimations report that there are 2 million NEETs in Italy – is a challenge that

must be taken seriously and cannot be lost. The risk is to widen the gap between

institutions, the labour market, and young people, with the latter who lose faith in

the State and legality.


In the light of the foregoing considerations, the present report sets out to provide

the Vice-president of the European Commission with an unbiased evaluation of

the Youth Guarantee and its main issues, putting forward ways to effectively

implement this programme also in Italy.


The Report offers a brief overview of the initiatives set in motion so far that the

research group of the Association for International and Comparative Studies in

the field of Labour Law and Industrial Relations (ADAPT) has analysed in great

detail. The investigation has highlighted some mistakes made by the Italian

Government regarding the implementation, the planning and the development of

the Youth Guarantee.


The end results of this examination are collected in a voluminous document edited

in Italian that contains research and monitoring findings, which can be accessed

free of charge by the European Commission at


Undoubtedly, the poor functioning of the Youth Guarantee in Italy is dependent

upon long-standing defects and past mistakes made when laying down active

employment policies in place only in a limited number of regions. The

international and national economic context has also affected the implementation

of the Youth Guarantee. Equally relevant are the issues and the shortcomings

resulting from glaring oversights made in terms of management and decisionmaking,

which we have promptly reported to the Italian Ministry of Labour and

which are now made available to the European Commission.


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