Youth on the Move package, initiative to support young people's access to the job market through better education, training and mobility: extracts from the joint press conference by Androulla Vassiliou and László Andor

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-067073   Duration: 10:03:16  Lieu:
End production: 15/09/2010   First transmission: 15/09/2010
Five million young Europeans were looking for a job. Many of them missed opportunities because they lacked the right qualifications or experience. Today, the European Commission launched Youth on the Move, a new flagship initiative aimed at helping these young people to gain the knowledge, skills and experience they needed to make their first job a reality. Part of the EU’s new Europe 2020 strategy, Youth on the Move proposed 28 key actions aimed at making education, and training more relevant to young people's needs, and encouraging more of them to take advantage of EU grants to study or train in another country. This increased young people's employability and access to the labour market. On 15/09/2010, Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, gave a joint press conference after the meeting, to explain the relevance of the Youth on the Move package, initiative to support young people's access to the job market through better education, training and mobility.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 General view of the press room 00:00:06
10:00:11 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth: It's clear that achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth will depend on the skills, knowledge and innovative capacity of Europe's people. It is equally clear that our young people, currently among those most affected by the crisis, and this after months, have a crucial role to play in Europe's future development. This is why the European Commission is today launching "Youth on the Move", the EU's new initiative to respond to the challenges young people face, and help them succeed in the knowledge economy. 00:00:44
10:00:55 Cutaway of press 00:00:06
10:01:02 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion: The crisis resulted in a rise of unemployment. We have around 7 million new unemployed in Europe. But the situation is probably even more critical among the young people. We speak about 5 million unemployed people among the youth. And this is clearly an intolerable number, this is excessively high and this calls for action. 00:00:31
10:01:33 Cutaway of press 00:00:04
10:01:38 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by László Andor: Even in case in times of so high unemployment, there are vacancies, but these vacancies may not be feel easily because people may not have sufficiently skills, they might not have the sufficient information about the availability of jobs, or they may not be sufficiently mobile. And the Commission is supporting all three: mobility, information and skills development. 00:00:26
10:02:04 Cutaway of press 00:00:05
10:02:10 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by László Andor: We have now launched the European progress micro-financing facility which needs to be highlighted here too, because this is a fund capable supporting young people to become self employed if they see this as the best way to start or to continue career. 00:00:31
10:02:42 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:05
10:02:47 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Androulla Vassiliou: The idea is that we offer the holder of this card we have some additional benefit, when he or she is in another country as a beneficiary of our mobility programs, like reductions in transports, reductions in cinemas or theatres or concerts. This type of facility which will make their life easier and more enjoyable. 00:00:28
10:03:16 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:06
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