Within the scope of the Council Conclusions on the contribution of sport to the EU economy adopted in November 2013, the European Commission has conducted a study on the contribution of sport to the employability of young people in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy. It has been conducted by a consortium led by Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and composed of Vrije Universiteit Brussel , Streetfootballworld, ENGSO Youth and VDAB und the final report has been published this week.
Youth unemployment is a major challenge of the EU. In 2014, the youth unemployment rate has been as high as 21,4% as young people have been particularly effected by the economic crisis. Based on 10 cases studies from 8 EU member states, 85 in-depth interviews in 4 different languages, the consortium identified the key components, mechanisms, relationships and a presumed sequence of causes and effects.