Over the last years youth unemployment has dropped significantly. From nearly 30% in the period of economic crisis, unemployment rates today have gone down to 13.5%. Nevertheless, the challenge to enhance the economic activity of young people, who are unwilling to study or work remains. This was said by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Roussinova at an international working meeting under the NEGOTIATE project – Negotiating possibilities for overcoming job insecurity and labour market exclusion in Europe, financed by the European Commission.

The project is being implemented by the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge BAS jointly with scientific institutions from Norway, Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Poland and Belgium. The main goal of the initiative is to research long-term and short-term consequences of first job insecurity and labour market exclusion of young people in Europe.

BAS contribution to researching the reasons for youth unemployment will be extremely useful for framing state policies in this field, Roussinova said. Implementing the Youth Guarantee, Internship Programmes, Apprenticeship, youth motivation measures, investments in early childhood development, prevention of early school dropout yield results, but nevertheless, parts of the young generation are not economically active.

Activating this group is a big challenge to our society. I believe that the state, scientific community, employers, trade unions, local authorities, non-governmental organisations should be committed to finding the right recipe for enhancing youth motivation and economic activity, so that the latter will be able to have high income and feel satisfied.