Department of Culture and Learning


New open access publication on youth guarantees, EU policy and Danish practice

CfU's Professor Emeritus, Palle Rasmussen, has alongside PhD Tilde Mette Juul published a book in Danish on the concept of "youth guarantees" from a European policy perspective combined with the practice of two Danish cases.

Last modified: 15.11.2020

new open access publication by palle rasmussen and tilde mette juul:

youth guarantee: eu policy and danish practice


The book "Youth Guarantee: EU Policy and Danish practice" (In Danish: Ungdomsgarantien: EU politik og dansk praksis) is a welcome conprehensive analyses of the EU policy history of youth guarantees. The Danish book unfolds how youth guarantees have been practiced historically in a Danish context drawing on two cases which have received financial support from the European Social Fund. This book is a must-have for those preoccupied with young people's transitions from education onto the labor market and provides invaluable insights into policy and governance within EU education policy.

The authors write about the publication: 

The EU Youth Guarantee was established in 2014. Through the Youth Guarantee, EU member states commit themselves to all young people under the age of 25 receiving a qualified offer of employment, further education, apprenticeship or internship within four months of losing a job or completing an education. As part of the implementation of the scheme, the EU provides financial support for initiatives in those countries where youth unemployment is over 25 per cent. Denmark does not receive this support because Danish youth unemployment is relatively low. However, Denmark receives funding from the European Social Fund, which also contributes to the fulfillment of the youth guarantee.

The first part of the book discusses how to understand and analyze policy and governance at EU level. The second part deals with the youth guarantee as part of the EU's education policy programs, the relationship with Danish education and employment policy for young people and the administrative implementation of the youth guarantee in Denmark. The third part of the book analyzes two Danish projects that are part of the youth guarantee and have received support from the European Social Fund.
In Denmark, the EU is often perceived on one hand as a political power game in and around Brussels, on the other hand as a money tank for extra funds for projects. Denmark has not received support from the special youth guarantee funds, and perhaps that is why the youth guarantee has not attracted much attention. But the Youth Guarantee can be seen as an opportunity to involve young citizens in learning processes that contribute to a politically committed European community.

To get access the new book, press here!