Call for Tenders for Applied Research

"Youth unemployment: territorial trends and regional resilience"

The research activity should provide territorial evidence on youth unemployment causes, trends and dynamics with a particular focus on the regional resilience to youth unemployment in different types of regions. 

Policy questions

More concretely, the objective of this activity is to receive answers to the following key policy questions:

  • What territorial patterns and trends of youth unemployment, including the active/inactive NEETs, can be identified in European regions and cities seen in a pre- and post-crisis perspective, 2000-2016? Can specific territorial patterns be identified concerning youth unemployment and the active/inactive NEETs in different types of regions (urban areas, islands, low-density populated areas, rural areas, cross-border areas etc.)? How is youth unemployment geographically distributed in terms of gender and ethnicity? How do the development trends of youth unemployment compare to the development trends of total unemployment? In what regions are the patterns identified concerning youth unemployment comparable to the patterns of total unemployment and in what regions do the patterns of youth unemployment differ from overall unemployment?
  • What are the general and specific key factors (causes) behind the development of youth unemployment in European countries and regions taking into account the structure of the labour market, the concentration of economic sectors (industry, agriculture, ICT etc.), the education systems, including the existence of vocational training and apprenticeships (which are of particular importance in relation to the NEETs), the levels of mobility, the social welfare system, as well as the specific cultural and historical contexts? In addition, what general and specific consequences of youth unemployment can be detected across European countries and in different types of territories?
  • To what extent can lower levels of youth unemployment and active/inactive NEETs in certain European countries and regions be attributed to the regional resilience capacity, level of mobility, governance structures and policy initiatives?
  • What good practices in terms of implementing solutions to tackle youth unemployment in European regions can be identified, including on promoting youth employment, education/training and implementing the Youth Guarantee, the Youth Employment Initiative as well as the EURES initiative? What are the key success factors and how are the challenges for implementing the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative being addressed? Which good practices could be transferred to other regions and if so, how?
  • How can Cohesion Policy be further mobilised to support long-term structural reforms to promote youth employment and enhance the implementation of the Youth Guarantee, the Youth Employment Initiative and the EURES initiative to strengthen the resilience in European regions against youth unemployment?


The maximum available budget for this contract is EUR 600,000.00, exclusiveof VAT but inclusive of all other taxes, disbursements, travel, accommodation and delivery costs.

Tendering documents

The documentation related to the Call, such as technical specifications, annexes, questions and answers, can be accessed free of charge, until 7 days before submission deadline, as follows:


Deadline for the submission of the offers is 15 June 2017 at 10:30 (CET - Central European Time).

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