“Neet”, the percentage of young people who do not study or work collapses in Sardinia

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The percentage of young people between 19 and 29 years old who do not study, do not follow training courses and do not work (NEET) in Sardinia has collapsed in seven years from 27.7% to the current 16%, therefore in line with the national average. A drop of almost 12 points, equal to over 40% in absolute value, which marks a reversal of trend also achieved thanks to the initiatives implemented with the cohesion policies financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) during the 2014 programming -2020. The data emerged during the meeting of the Supervisory Committee of the ESF regional operational program which took place on Tuesday 28 November in Cagliari.

«An important result – said Adelina Dos Reis representative of the European Commission -, achieved thanks to the work of the partnership in the management of the structural funds». This includes the various actions carried out which range from employment (with resources committed for over 162.7 million euros and expenditure for over 141.8 million euros), social inclusion and the fight against poverty (with 91.2 million euros of resources committed and spent for over 84.2 million) and finally with the axis that concerns training and education. In this case the resources committed are equal to 164.2 million and the expenditure exceeds 128.7 million.

The trend anticipated by Eurostat

The trend towards improvement in the situation of NEETs in Sardinia had partially been anticipated by Eurostat and that in Italy it concerns only three other regions: Marche, Molise, Campania, while all the others worsened in the two years also marked by the pandemic, in particular in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the Province of Trento, Liguria, Umbria and Lombardy.

The analysis of numbers

The relative data leaves no room for interpretation: the worst-off European regions are in Italy, particularly in the South. In 2021, last ever was Sicily with 30.2%, worsening by almost one point compared to 2020. Campania followed, with 27.7% (28% the year before). And going up, after a Bulgarian region, Calabria (27.2%). The European average is 10.8% (an improvement compared to 11.1% a year earlier) but in Italy only the autonomous province of Bolzano barely exceeds the European average, stopping at 10.5%. The problem therefore concerns everyone, not just the South. In Piedmont, just to give an example, the NEETs in 2021 were 17.7%, as in Lazio. The condition of Lombardy is slightly better: 17.3%, but they were at 15.7 a year earlier. Emilia-Romagna travels with a percentage of 13.5%. A better situation is found in the Dutch regions and in Sweden where the NEETs are between 3.5 and 3.6%, almost nine times less than in Sicily.

At the end of the year, ESF 14-20 spending will be completed

During the plenary assembly in Cagliari, the data on certified expenditure for the period 14-20 was also examined, which as of 24 October was 285 million euros, of which 196 million were the EU share. «The financial forecasts for the last part of 2023 – announced by the Region – indicate a total cumulative expenditure which as of 31 December will exceed 332.3 million euros, of which the EU share is over 223.4 million euros, exceeding the target financial sum in the EU amounting to 222.4 million euros”. Translated, you will not lose program resources.

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