The Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan in Greece: Policymaking under extremely severe economic conditions
Subject headingsEU/EC Structural funds ; Financial aid ; Economic policy ; Economic stability ; Economic aid and technical assistance ; Application of laws
When compared with previous similar plans (Youth Action Plan in 2012, Employment Action Plan in 2013), the draft YGIP marks real progress in policy implementation management, although comments from the European Commission DG EMPL highlights several shortcomings. Many stakeholders appear to have been involved in its design, and a project management structure is described in the draft plan, in charge of monitoring and piloting the YGIP both at technical and political level (Working Group and Steering Group). In addition the plan follows the Commission template and is well structured, and clearly intends to give relevant and detailed information, even if these aspects could be improved further. From all these points of view, Greek authorities have well taken into account previous recommendations. Our report draws general lessons from a policy implementation point of view, and makes specific recommendations regarding the overall balance, as well as details, of the planned labour market programmes. The report’s recommendations can be expected to yield significant savings that should be reoriented toward more appropriate policy programmes, including public work programmes.