Second EU Conference on Youth Employment, in Paris: extracts from the common press conference with the participation of José Manuel Barroso
Type: Summary of press conference
Paris - Palais de l'Elysée
On 12 November 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Paris, France, where he participated in the 2nd EU Conference on Youth Employment with Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Martin Schulz, President of the EP, François Hollande, President of the French Republic, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania and President in office of the Council of the EU. After an initial meeting in Berlin in July 2013, the Heads of State or Government, Ministers for Labour, senior representatives of EU institutions and social partners met to discuss the implementation of concrete measures in the fight against youth unemployment.
In his speech, José Manuel Barroso urged the Member States to more determination to take the full potential of different levers to fight against unemployment and in particular to put in place the necessary structures to make the "Youth Guarantee" a reality as soon as possible.
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||François Hollande, President of the French Republic, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Martin Schulz, President of the EP, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, and Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, arriving at the Second EU Conference on Youth Employment, in Paris, France (3 shots)
||Soundbite by François Hollande (in FRENCH) saying that the first priority is training and training ships for the jobs of the future, using all the different forms of alternation that they have so that they can here again mobilise all the different ways and possible means to make the young people qualified for the professions of today and tomorrow. The second priority is the integration into employment, compared especially to young people who are furthest from the labor market
||Soundbite by Angela Merkel (in GERMAN) saying that they have also created a network of public agencies for employment. These agencies have also come together in Europe and decided on a plan where they are going to direct themselves to the best systems for intermediation and will allow all countries to benefit from that experience.
||Soundbite by Dalia Grybauskaitė (in ENGLISH): Having in mind our experience in Lithuania, I can say that jobs can be created also by youth itself for themselves not necessary by politicians. But what we need from politicians to do is to create rights framework and incentives. We can do that by changing some polices.
||Soundbite by Martin Schulz (in FRENCH) saying that this is a problem of a society whom institutions are able to save in the immediate his monetary union, it should also be able to provide credible and sustainable prospects for the next generation.
||Cutaway of speakers
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that this is why he called on EU Member States to finalise their action plans. They have already received a number of action plans and received today a guarantee that all Member States will submit during December definitive plans for the implementation of this youth guarantee in their respective countries.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that they also proposed measures that should have immediate effects. They have authorised 6 billions Euros spending for 2014-2015, it is a frontloading approach.
||Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in FRENCH) saying that they know that employment unfortunately only react with a certain lag time to economic recovery and economic recovery is now starting. According to the recent forecast, employment in 2014-2015 will raise for about 1% in the eurozone and the EU, even if unemployment will remain unfortunately too high.
||Soundbite by François Hollande (in FRENCH) saying that as for the insults and scandalous remarks that were made at this ceremony which has to bring French people together, should bring people together, does bring French people together, these insulting remarks reflect very poorly upon the people who made them.