Rules and regulations impede placements abroad

Although ESF projects often want to work in an innovative way, there are rules that set constraints on what is possible. Cooperation between individual workers and case officers at the municipalities and the Swedish Public Employment Service usually works well. However, it is, for example, difficult to get work placements abroad.

The problem arises because different rules, regulations and ambitions come into conflict with each other. Work to increase mobility for young people within Europe being carried out at the EU level, while strict regulations in Sweden stop young people who want to complete a placement abroad. For example, the rules of the youth guarantee stipulate that young people can only have placements in countries bordering Sweden if they want to remain in the youth guarantee and retain their benefits. This is discouraging some young people from travelling in Europe.