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European Youth Week, which took place from the 5th – 9th December, saw unified concern from young people over rising unemployment and the fear of losing jobs to other EU countries. As well as voicing their greatest concerns, they saw education, professional experience and language skills as the most important qualities for finding employment prospects in the future.
Education and Culture Commissioner Figel, recognising the youth’s concern for the future, said that the Commission was working on a 'Youthpass'. This would be combined with the already existing ‘Europass’ and would allow European Citizens to gain recognition for non-formal education and voluntary work that they had undertaken.