Vote on Youth Employment Initiative:
- extracts from the vote
- statement by Elisabeth MORIN-CHARTIER (EPP, FR), rapporteur
EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 23/04/2013 First transmission: 23/04/2013
The EP Committee on employment and social affairs voted today on whether to allocate €6 billion to the new Youth Employment Initiative as part of the European Social Fund for 2014-2020. This will implement Parliament's calls for schemes to guarantee employment to young people. The Youth Guarantee scheme is a proposal to fight against youth unemployment affecting our days to nearly one in four of the young Europeans. This measure proposes that all people under 25 years old should receive a quality job, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving formal education or becoming unemployed. A number of European regions experienced a dramatic increase in youth unemployment in recent months and had, as a result, already exceeded the 25% threshold by the end of 2012. Despite the seriousness of their youth unemployment situation, these regions could be effectively excluded from the Youth Employment Initiative during the next seven years under the terms introduced as part of the Council proposals for changes to the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Brussels
||Cutaways of the ambience during the vote (8 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) Elisabeth MORIN-CHARTIER (EPP, FR), rapporteur: "What are the European Parliament improvements regarding this Youth Unemployment Initiative? First of all, a wider range of people. Not only we pretend that this Initiative would apply to unemployed under-25s, but also to graduated young people who are looking for a job and are under-30s. Nowadays, we note that is highly important to take over this kind of unemployment. Secondly and also another issue on we have won the vote, is the enlargement to those regions where the unemployment rate is above 20%."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Elisabeth MORIN-CHARTIER (EPP, FR), rapporteur: "I expect, taking into account this crisis which is mainly hitting young people, that we can use this Youth Unemployment Initiative, with €6 billions invested on employment mechanisms for young people, we could re-boost youth employment, helping them entering the workplace. We need young people, Europe needs those young people on the labour market."