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Austria has the 2nd lowest level of youth unemployment in the European Union. This success is not a coincidence; it's an effect of a long term strategy imposed by the government. The Austrians realised that investment in education and training gives a visible effect. The participants of the extraordinary meeting of the Employers' Group Bureau in Vienna were trying to identify the solutions that could be spread around other EU countries to help reduce youth unemployment.
Employment and Training – practical lessons from the Austrian experience