Quality Jobs for Youth: are we asking too much?
Young people and the job market, the endless search for jobs, precarious contracts and internships are only a few of the themes addressed by EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor, ESC President Staffan Nilsson, Professor of Bocconi University Tito Boeri and ETUC Secretary-General Bernadette Ségol amongst others, at the Public Plenary Session of the European Youth Forum Council of Members today.
Austerity measures alone are not the answer when tackling the difficulties that many young Europeans face in accessing the labour market. As underlined by researchers from Eurofound and WZB, the number of NEETs (not in education, employment or training) amongst young people is rising, many of them, even if employed, are un(der)paid or work in extremely precarious conditions, while still striving to become autonomous and active citizens. Increased investment in education, training and youth, combined with incentives for new job creation, is fundamental. Cuts in those budget lines can only make the crisis worse in the long run.
During the event, co-hosted by the EESC Labour Market Observatory and the European Youth Forum, youth representatives asked to answer to youth employment structurally and not only in times of crisis and recession. Furthermore, Commissioner Andor presented the main points of the recently released European Commission Employment Package. He announced that the European Commission would put forward a proposal of Council Recommendations on Youth Guarantees.
Among other things, the Package, launched on 18 April, reports on the progress of implementation of the “Youth Opportunities Initiative”.
Read more about the event on: http://tinyurl.com/cretppm