Opening of the EP Citizens Agora Conference on Youth Employment in the EU:
- keynote speech by Martin SCHULZ, EP President
EPRef94725 // European Parliament , Brussels
Lieu: European Parliament Brussels
End production: 06/11/2013 First transmission: 06/11/2013
The European Parliament’s Citizens’ Agora on Youth Unemployment, which takes place in Brussels from Wednesday 6 November to Friday 8 November 2013, aims to gather young people from all over Europe to discuss the current challenges in Europe’s employment market.
Two young people from each Member State of the European Union, aged between 18 and 30, are invited to this conference - one who is employed and one who is unemployed. They will debate with participants from the other Member States, with the assistance of experts on a number of specific topics related to youth unemployment. The recommendations coming out of this Citizens’ Agora will be communicated to European decision makers.
Over three days, participants are invited to share their experiences, debate with other young people from Europe and come up with recommendations for Europe’s politicians to tackle youth unemployment.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Brussels
||Cutaways , young representatives from Member countries to the Agora (8 shots)
||Group photo with Martin Schulz , EP president
||SOUNDBITE (French) Martin SCHULZ, EP President, " There is a common will, and that is to contribute with today's debate and with your contributions , these contributions will be part of my working document and the proposals I will take to Paris Conference next November 12 in Paris
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President, "I am very happy to be with you today and to encourage you to be as blunt , as impolite, as constructive of course, as possible with us. want to tell you that the EP during the last 4 and half years, during the whole mandate of the EP for the time being, the fight against youth unemployment was the first priority of all our actions."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President," My life was really better than the lives of my parents. My chances were bigger than the chances of my parents, my education was much better than the education of my parents, my wealth is incomparable to what my parents had in their life. and now we are living in a situation that we, as European institutions, as representatives of the EU, our governments are asking sacrifices from people in the countries for banks, not for their children. That is the difference. Therefore I think that fight against unemployment of young people is a fight for credibility. Yes the sacrifices are necessary, they have to be made, but not save only banks. Banks are relevant yes, but the whole generation is relevant as well."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President," the EP refuse the budget of the EU because of the money in our eyes, not sufficient money for the fight against unemployment of young people. we achieved that at the end. we anticipated the money foreseen in this multiannual budget, six billions Euros, this is so much that what we had mobilized for the banks , but we achieved it to anticipate these 6 billions to the years 2014-2015 so that in addition to what we have now, in the structural in the regional in the social funds of the EU we can mobilize 3 billions additional money in 2014-2015 for the fast against unemployment of young people
||cutaways (3 shots)