A joint debate was held yesterday in the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg to prepare for the upcoming European Council meeting on the 1st and 2nd March 2012. Members of the European Parliament and Commissioners debated and discussed the 2012 Annual Growth Survey, released in November 2011, which has set out the economic and fiscal priorities of the EU for the Semester.
In a statement in response to the survey, the Parliament noted that they are “concerned about the quality of jobs, traineeships and apprenticeships that are suggested in the policy guidance of the Commission.” The Youth Guarantee, the right of every young EU-citizen to be offered a job, an apprenticeship or training after four months’ unemployment, is one solution proposed by Parliament Members to improve the situation of young people hit hard by the crisis.
The Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič affirmed that “Getting the young people onto the labour market is an essential element of our efforts to ensure future growth”. He outlined the Commission’s plan to send action teams to the eight member States with the highest youth unemployment rates, where they will examine how to better concentrate funds on job creation for young people.
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2012 Annual Growth Survey: http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/reaching-the-goals/monitoring-progress/annual-growth-surveys/index_en.htm