Next month it will be eight years ago that the then director of Enterprise Francesc Xavier Mena affirmed in an interview with the ARA: "More than half of the unemployed will never have any work." A scandal was mounted, but nobody went to look if it was true. In the interview, Mena gave a solution: to train the unemployed, what is known about the boring expression of "active employment policies." Mena called it, and everyone has said this: there are many unemployed people who need a better preparation to find a job, or they simply have to adapt to a new sector because they no longer give them to live. The administration can play a decisive role, but the Airef report published Wednesday shows that there is a lot of work that is not done, in Catalonia and in the rest of Spain. That the Generalitat has 572 million annually for active policies but that does not even know how to determine how many people have found employment annually thanks to the Employment Service of Catalonia (SOC) is inexplicable. And, by the way, that 41% of these 572 million are left without spending also says a lot. As if we did not have one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.
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