Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: extracts from the press conference (Social Policy) by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 28/02/2013 First transmission: 28/02/2013
On 28 February, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Richard Bruton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and Joan Burton, Irish Minister for Social Protection, held the press conference of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council.
The Council reach political agreement on a proposal for a Council recommendation on establishing a "youth guarantee", as a key part of the response to the youth unemployment crisis. Under the Youth Guarantee Member States should put in place measures to ensure that young people up to age 25 receive a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving school or becoming unemployed.
The Recommendation, proposed by the Commission on 5th December 2012 as part of the Youth Employment Package, gives Member States a clear benchmark and precise guidelines for establishing their own Youth Guarantee scheme on the basis of six axes: establishing strong partnerships with all stakeholders, ensuring early intervention and activation to avoid young people becoming or remaining NEETs (not in employment, education or training), taking supportive measures that will enable labour market integration, making full use of EU funding to that end, assessing and continuously improving the Youth Guarantee and implementing the scheme rapidly.
The Commission is ready and willing to make available substantial financial contributions from the European Social Fund and other EU structural funds.
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||General view of press conference
||SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Bruton, the Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and President-in-office of the Council: I think there was a very good debate, obviously, the monetary union needs policy that support convergence, needs to be able to deal with divergence when it arises. I think we had a very good debate about the importance of growth and the social dimension being at the heart of such EMU architecture in the long term future.
||General view of press conference
||SOUNDBITE (English) Joan Burton, the Irish Minister for Social Protection and President-in-office of the Council : Under the agreement the guarantee, once implemented, will ensure the young under the age of 25, a good quality offer of employment, continued education, quality training ship within four months of becoming unemployed. It is about supporting young people into the labour market. And I am delighted to have reached a successful conclusion. I believe that this will make a key difference in the lives of millions of young people across the EU.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE (English) László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion: I am very pleased that the Council adopted the recommendation on the Youth Guarantee. This is indeed a great step forward for EU and people? It should revive confidence in social EU. The recommendation proposed by the Commission last December urges the Member States to introduce the Youth Guarantee to ensure that the young people up to age 25 receive a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving school. It is crucially important that Member States urgently put in place measures to make the Youth Guarantee a reality and to get young people into work. The Commission is ready and willing to make available substantial financial contributions from the European Social Fund and other EU structural funds.