Your name is Rosetta. My name is Rosetta. You found a job. I found a job. You’ve got a friend. I’ve got a friend. You have a normal life. I have a normal life. You won’t fall in a rut. I won’t fall in a rut. Good night. Good night.
In September 1999, the Belgian Minister for Employment, Laurette Onkelinx, revealed the broad lines of a “youth employment plan.” Without prior consultation of the social partners, she announced her intention to provide all young people with a job no later than six months after they have completed their studies. The announcement elicited harsh criticism from employers, irritated the trade unions and set off a flurry of proposals for amendment. In November, the government finally settled for a modified scheme that tries not to offend the various regional and social sensibilities.
In line with the European Union Employment Guidelines (EU9909187F), a “youth employment” bill was approved on 12 November 1999 by the Belgian Council of Ministers. The scheme is more commonly referred to as the “Rosetta plan”, after a Belgian film that won the Cannes film festival Golden Palm award, about a young woman, Rosetta, faced with the difficulties of finding a job. The plan’s objective is to prevent young people from becoming stuck in unemployment, by offering them the opportunity of a first job or of rounding off their school education with an additional vocational