Skip to content
Kezdőlap » Who are the NEET young people and why are they not working?

Who are the NEET young people and why are they not working?

    More than 7 million young people in Europe currently fall into the so-called NEET category, i.e. young people aged 15-29 who are not currently in work, education or training.

    In Hungary, the number of NEET young people has been steadily decreasing since 2014, but is still around 10%, so the problem affects tens of thousands of young people. In line with the European Pact4Youth programme, the primary objective of the Hungarian Pact4Youth Hungary is to support and assist the return and integration of young people who are not working or studying into the Hungarian education system and to improve employmentopportunities and conditions in the Hungarian labour market. The participants of the ambitious programme, supported by the National Youth Council and 12 other organisations, discussed the results and the future of the initiative at their latest meeting in the presence of Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Youth Policy. The Hungarian Pact4Youth initiative has not only identified but also collected good practices from participating organisations that contribute to improving the quality of life of 15-29 year olds and help them shape their future. The programme, which brings together Hungarian education and labour market opinion-forming organisations, discussed its contributions on several points at a recent consultation meeting with Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Culture, Education, Youth and Sport, at the European Youth Centre in Budapest. In addition to the opportunities for young people on the Hungarian labour market, the topics discussed included career guidance, the return of expatriates to Hungary and the need to further develop language and digital competences. The publication of the working group's findings will be disseminated nationwide in the coming days and its content will be actively fed into the European Youth Strategy this year.

    Mr Navracsics encouraged Hungarian youth organisations to continue the work they have started. Lilla Nedeczky, the project's coordinator in Hungary, added that the working group also considers the development of the European Education Area as a priority and will make proposals to the European Union in this field. The Youth Pact, i.e. the Hungarian Pact4Youth initiative, was launched in autumn 2017 with the aim of promoting the participation of so-called NEET young people in education and their integration into the labour market through consensus and cooperation in the seven strategic guidelines defined by the European Union Convention.