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The member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have defined key measures to address the persisting challenge of unemployment in the Mediterranean region, particularly for young people and women.

Dead Sea (Jordan), 27 September 2016. At the third Ministerial Conference on Employment and Labour today in Jordan, ministers of UfM member countries reaffirmed their commitment to work together to address the challenges relating to employment, employability and decent work. The European Commission –represented by H.E. Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, ...

• The YouMatch – Toolbox Project, promoted by Germany’s Development Agency GIZ in coordination with the UfM Secretariat, falls under the UfM Med4Jobs initiative • The project is centred on the link between labour demand and supply with the key idea to improve employment services for youth • Commissioned and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ), the project is implemented by GIZ in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia

Amman, 20 July 2016.  The UfM labelled project “YouMatch – Toolbox Project” has been officiall...

Today, at the Dead Sea in Jordan, Ministers of International Cooperation and Planning from the 43 member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) defined key steps to enhance the impact of regional cooperation.

Dead Sea (Jordan), 2 June 2016. EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Imad N. Fakhoury, Jordanian Minister of Cooperation and Planning, had jointly invited to this first Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting for Regional Cooperation and Planning.

Minister Fakhoury, co-president of the meeting, declared that ‘the Euro-Mediterranean region faces increasing common c...

• Youth unemployment in those under 25 years of age is approximately 50% in Spain, where around 22% of young people abandon the school system. • The aim of Second Chance Schools of Spain (E2O) is to construct a recognised national model through an innovative pedagogical approach addressed at unemployed young people without any qualifications. It is already working successfully in other Mediterranean countries under the UfM-labelled project New Chance Mediterranean Network (MedNC). • The Spanish Association of Second Chance Schools (E2O), formed in March this year, met today, in its firs...
• The Employability in the Mediterranean Conference took place on 14 April in Marseille in the presence of the Minister for Professional Training and Employment of Tunisia, Zied Ladhari, and with the attendance of over 120 participants including Young Mediterranean Leaders and representatives of local, national and international institutions as well as representatives from the Mediterranean private sector. Young beneficiaries of the UfM-labelled project New Chance Mediterranean (MedNC) were also present. • Minister Ladhari said:“There are many synergies between Mediterranean countries o...
• In order to stimulate job creation and foster youth employability in the region, urgent measures need to be taken such as increasing labour demand, improving policies for demand-supply matching and promoting the transition from informal to formal employment, among others. • Fostering youth employment is a key priority for the UfM as it is essential for regional human development, stability and integration. Ministers of Employment from the 43 UfM member States will meet at the 3rd UfM Ministerial Meeting on Employment and Labour on 26 September 2016.

Brussels, 14 April, 2016.