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Common discussion on the report Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou on a regulatory framework for measures enabling young women in the EU to combine family life with a period of studies, plenary session of the EP


According to the objectives set out at the Lisbon European Council in 2000, by 2010, Europe should become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. This strategy was conceived to enable the EU to return to full employment conditions and to increase cohesion by 2010. The Council also considered that the general aim of these measures was to increase the overall employment rate in the EU to 70% and the employment rate for women to more than 60% by 2010. It is clear from the above that it is essential to invest in young people as human resources to enable them to make a full contribution to the economic and social sustainability of the European society, but at the same time we must not forget the potential of these young people to bring about the demographic renewal of the societies. Unfortunately in most European countries, students with family responsibilities face considerable difficulties in their university courses and in their daily lives. They have special needs in particular with regard to housing, child-care services and course flexibility, etc. However, in general these needs are not recognised or not sufficiently recognised by education systems and social security schemes. The wide disparities in treatment that can be observed in the different Member States are an additional obstacle to pursuing educational and thus career ambitions. The report of the EP proposes that more account be taken, by both education systems and social security schemes, of the expectations and needs of young men and women who in parallel with education or training have family responsibilities. In addition, given the economic difficulties facing these students, the rapporteur suggests that higher education or vocational training establishments take account of their financial difficulties when calculating course fees and that credit institutions make it easier for them to obtain loans or credit. The rapporteur also calls on the Member States, together with local authorities and higher education or vocational training establishments, to increase the supply of low-cost housing suited to the needs of students with dependent children and also to provide a sufficient number of affordable child-care services.

Type: EbS   Reference: 52618   Date: 19/06/2007   Duration: 00:04:35
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