About the event    Programme   Speakers     Documents     

 
Within the framework of the OPEN DAYS of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), the PES Group has organised on 10 October 2012 a workshop on youth (un)employment.

The workshop presented some solutions which have been successful at regional and local level in bringing young people into work and giving them a prospect. More particulary, it has looked at:

  • the need to effectively manage the school-to-work transition by better matching young people's skills with employers' demands;
     
  • the possibility to use EU funds, also to support innovative ideas that can boost quality job creation, including for young people with fewer opportunities;
     
  • the necessity to provide services which can help to develop young people's entrepreneurial potential and to actively support SMEs.

The workshop also encouraged participants to share their own experience and to discuss the examples presented.

Background

The facts

The crisis which started with the banks, and became an economic, a
social and also a European integration crisis, has been with us for
more than three years now. It affects social services, pensions, jobs
– but probably most brutally of all, it destroys the prospects and
aspirations of young people. There are 5.5 million unemployed young people in the EU today, while an additional 1.5 million are forced into precarious j obs. Some of the worst hit countries have seen youth unemployment
rise as high as 50%, with no end in sight. Around 7.5 million young people between the age of 15 and 24 are currently Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). This concerns not only those with low levels of qualifications, but increasingly also those who have already invested heavily in their own education. This is gradually creating generations of young people deprived of the means to build their own independent lives, disillusioned with the political and economic system, and left without hope. Prolonged austerity-only measures have a lot to answer for. In fact, tackling youth unemployment cannot be but part of of a broader EU strategy to re-launch growth and stimulate decent job creation.

The way forward

Tackling youth unemployment requires immediate and bold action in order to avert a major catastrophe. Not only do current figures seriously undermine social cohesion in some Member States but they also jeopardise European integration as a whole. For this reason, a Europe-wide youth guarantee should be introduced, ensuring that every young person in Europe will be offered a job, further education or work-focused training at the latest four months after leaving education or after becoming unemployed. A European Youth Employment Strategy needs to be adopted, equipped with at least 10 billion Euros of funds on the European level annually. The PES Group in the CoR fully subscribes to the campaign of the Party of European Socialists Your future is my Future – A European Youth Guarantee Now!, which urgently calls for the measures mentioned above.

The role of regional and local authorities

The PES Group in the CoR urges regional and local authorities to act swiftly and provide the support they can to address this major problem. In many countries, local or regional levels of governance are responsible for education and vocational training. In many cases, they support local businesses and are in close contact with them. Together with them and other stakeholders, local or regional actors can develop new ideas, implement new projects, help to bring in financing from the national or European level, provide guidance or make contacts.Locally and regionally elected Socialists and Social Democrats can make a difference!

 

Programme
 
Interpretation in
                        Venue:    Committee of the Regions
Rue Belliard 101,
1040 Brussels
   Room JDE 51

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

14.30 - 14.40
Opening of the workshop

Address by:

  • Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions
    & Minister-President of the German-speaking community of Belgium
     
14.40 - 15.55
Presentation of best practices and panel debate

Moderator:

  • Kaisa Penny, President of Young European Socialists (ECOSY), and initiator of the campaign “Your future is my future – A European Youth Guarantee now!”

Pannelists:

  • Christian Illedits, Member of the Burgenland Parliament & CoR member
     
  • Gloria Mugica Conde, Director of planning and innovation in employment for the Basque regional government
  • Victoria Quinn, Birmingham city councillor
     
  • Nia Lewis, European Affairs Manager for the Welsh Government EU Office
     
  • Stavros Arnaoutakis, Head of the Region of Crete & CoR member
  • Gianni Salvadori, Minister for Agriculture of Tuscany Region

Projection of a video on the Giovanisì project

 

Expert comment:

  • Massimiliano Mascherini, Research manager, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND)
15.55 - 16.50
Questions and answers session
 
16.50 - 17.00
Closing remarks
  • Kaisa Penny, President of Young European Socialists (ECOSY), and initiator of the campaign “Your future is my future – A European Youth Guarantee now!”
   
17.00 - 17.30
Networking event (in ATRIUM 5)
 
 
Speakers
 
     
Karl-Heinz Lambertz

President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Region

  Kaisa Penny

President of ECOSY,
Young European Socialists

  Christian Illedits

Member of the Burgenland Parliament

  Gloria Mugica Conde

Director of planning and innovation in employment for the Basque regional government


             
     

Victoria Quinn

Birmingham City Councillor

  Nia Lewis

European Affairs Manager for the Welsh Government

  Stavros Arnaoutakis

Head of the Region of
Crete

  Gianni Salvadori

Minister for Agriculture of Tuscany Region


             
           
Massimiliano Mascherini

Research manager, EUROFOUND

           
 

Documents
  • Promotion of youth entrepreneurship in Crete
    Contribution by Stavros Arnaoutakis, Head of the Region of Crete (Greece)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • Models for regional development on youth employment
    Contribution by José Luis Carneiro, Mayor of Baião (Portugal)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • New employment opportunities for young people in Wales
    Contribution by Christine Chapman, Member of the National Assembly
    of Wales (UK)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • The Youth Competence Centres in Antwerp
    Contribution by Mia De Vits, Member of the Flemish Parliament (Belgium)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • Baden-Württemberg's measures to combat youth unemployment
    Contribution by Peter Friedrich, Minister for the Bundesrat, European and
    International Affairs of the Land of Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • The Burgenland Youth Employment Package
    Contribution by Christian Illedits, Member of the Burgenland Parliament
    (Austria)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • Tackling youth unemployment in The Hague and Haaglanden region
    Contribution by Henk Kool, Vice-Mayor of the City of Den Haag (Netherlands)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • Networks for young people in the district of Saarpfalz
    Contribution by Clemens Lindemann, District Executive of the Saarpfalz
    District Assembly (Germany)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • Programmes to boost youth employment in the Basque country
    Contribution by Paxti Lopez, President of the Basque regional government (Spain)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • Thüringen Needs You and the promotion of vocational training for youth
    Contribution by Holger Poppenhäger, Minister of Justice of the State of
    Thüringen (Germany)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • The Giovani SI project in Tuscany region
    Contribution by Enrico Rossi, President of the Tuscany region (Italy)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • The Giovani SI project in Tuscany region: The initiative on youth entrepreneurship and the video of the project (available in EN and IT)
 
English

  • Creating jobs for youth through work of community interest in Attica
    Contribution by Ioannis Sgouros, Head of the Region of Attica (Greece)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • Integrated Local Programme for Youth Employment in Kavala
    Contribution by Konstantinos Simitsis, Mayor of the city of Kavala (Greece)
 
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • Combating youth unemployment
    Report adopted by the PES Presidency on 9 February 2012
 
EnglishFrançais
 
 

  • The PES Guide on Youth Guarantees
    Introducing youth guarantees on the national level
 
English

  • Young people and NEETs in Europe: First findings
    European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND)
 
English

  • Youth Guarantee: Experiences from Finland and Sweden
    European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
 
English

  • Best days of their lives? Youth in Europe
    European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Focus issue 11
 
English

  • Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012
    Report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
 
English

  • The growing pains of Europe's youth
    Fresh thinking magazine 1/2012, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)
 
English

 
English

 
English

  • Youth unemployment in Europe: Theoretical considerations and empirical findings
    Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES), July 2012
 
English

  • Youth unemployment: the crisis we cannot afford
    The ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment
 
English

  • Workshop intervention
    by Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the PES Group in the CoR
 
English

  • Workshop intervention
    by Massimiliano Mascherini, EUROFOUND
 
English

  • Workshop intervention
    by Gloria Mugica Conde, Director of planning and innovation in employment for the Basque regional government (in Spanish)
 
 
 

  • Workshop intervention
    by Stavros Arnaoutakis, Head of region of Crete (in Greek)
 
 
 

 
English

  • NEETs - Young people not in employment, education or training: Characteristics, costs and policy responses in Europe
    European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND)
 
English

 
 

 
Home
Skip Navigation LinksPES Group > Meetings & Initiatives > Events > Youth [un]employment - Exploring solutions that work