BERLIN, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Structural weaknesses are a major barrier for young people in southern Europe to integrate into the labor market, according to a study published Tuesday.
Due to the lack of resolute reforms of education systems and labor markets, many young people in Southern Europe remain unemployed even after the financial crisis, according to a study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).
In countries such as Spain, Italy and Portugal, youth unemployment is well above the EU average. In the study "Youth Unemployment in Europe," authors analyzed the causes and warned against ill-conceived labor market policies.
"Job creation measures and public training courses are known to be no strong bridge in the labor market. The current EU approach to make some offer to every young person within four months with public funds is, therefore, problematic," said Prof. Clemens Fuest, president of the ZEW.
"These countries should focus on targeted instruments such as further training for young people without qualifications. Moreover, the quality of job counseling and employment services needs to be improved," he added.
ZEW criticized labor market regulations, saying it caused a division of the labor market in many southern European countries. The study also showed that young people in Southern Europe suffer from deficits in the education system.
ZEW experts noted the importance of dual training systems, in which enterprises play a strong role and provide key requirements for reliable quality standards.