Youth guarantee scheme:
- extracts from the debate
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - EP
End production: 14/01/2013 First transmission: 14/01/2013
With unemployment now affecting nearly one in four young Europeans, the EU is looking at ways to get them working again. This Monday Parliament debated a youth guarantee scheme that entitles young people to either work, training or education after having been unemployed for four months. The Commission proposes that all under 25s should receive a quality offer of a job, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving formal education or becoming unemployed. The scheme would be financially supported by the European Social Fund and integrated into the employment policies of every member state according to its needs. Member states would also need to establish partnerships with stakeholders and ensure early intervention by employment services.
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||SOUNDBITE (French) Pervenche BERÈS (S&D, FR) Rapporteur: "We believe that the situation of employment in general terms, but particularly youth employment within Europe is not acceptable. We have to pull out all the stops in order to correct this situation and we can see where people have tried, for example in Austria, in Sweden, in Denmark… but also in France, there are different lines being offered, rather than seeing youth employment just as a consequence of other policies. We have to be more proactive, more determined. We cannot accept that a young person should be without a job or who can leave the training education system without being proposed some training, some form of schooling, or a training period, a job, within a 4 months time. We are talking here about establishing all the opportunities to ensure that this is not a lost generation".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Pervenche BERÈS (S&D, FR) Rapporteur: "If we are to be able to finance this youth guarantee by using the Social Funds then we have to be consistent, we have to ensure that 25% of the funds available for cohesion policy should be channelled to the benefit and the service of the European social Fund (ESF)".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Pervenche BERÈS (S&D, FR) Rapporteur: "We also want that this offer of 'youth guarantee' takes account of the situation faced by graduates, where the question of access to jobs doesn’t stop at the 25 year old barrier".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Lászlo ÁNDOR, Commissioner: "Youth guarantee schemes are investments, therefore the Commission is ready to make available substantial financial contributions from the European social fund and the other structural funds. The precise amount, as you know, will depend on the outcome of the negotiations on the Multi-annual Financial Framework, and therefore we count on your support for a strongest ESF in the next programming period".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Lászlo ÁNDOR, Commissioner: "The young people targeted by these schemes are not a homogeneous group. And besides gender and diversity dimensions, each member states will have to consider the various needs of the diverse groups and sub-groups of young people, some of them facing multiple barriers to the labour market. However there is necessarily a strong European dimension as we share the common goal of supporting our youth. We need to demonstrate our solidarity, particularly in times of budgetary constraints and make sure that we do not compromise our future when consolidating our finances".
||SOUNDBITE (German) Nadia HIRSCH (ALDE, DE): "Youth unemployment is over 20% in the EU and almost 50% is some member states. Given those figures it is clear that we have to take urgent steps, not with measures that will only kick-in in a couple of years time but measures that in the short and medium term really will provide young people with prospects once again. That's why we as liberals support this idea of youth guarantee… We don't want to loose an entire generation. A 'youth guarantee' cannot though be a 'job guarantee'; the jobs themselves are created by the economy, we cannot do that on the basis of some EU programme".
||SOUNDBITE (Danish) Emilie TURUNEN (Greens-EFA, DK): "This is the first generation to have worse prospects for the future than the previous one; it's the first time since the birth of the EU. Since the 80 we've seen the terrible effects of youth unemployment on individuals and society, we need to act adequately and decisively. The European youth guarantee is a way to do that".
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