Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (127)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin


127. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection what will happen if Ireland's youth unemployment rate drops below 25% in terms of eligibility for EU funding under the youth guarantee scheme. [51050/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Eligibility for EU funding through the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) for the period 2014-2018, which is being front-loaded in the two years 2014 and 2015, will be based on 2012 regional youth unemployment rates. Hence, any change in Ireland’s regional youth unemployment rates, which were above 25% in 2012 for both the Border, Midlands & Western region and the Southern & Eastern region, will not change our eligibility for this funding.