In Naples today for a debate with citizens on employment, Commissioner Andor stressed the need to fight youth unemployment in the region by investing invest in skills with the help of the European Social Fund (ESF).
This was the first of three debates being organised by the Commission and involving European Commissioners and citizens, in the context of the forthcoming European Year of Citizens 2013 and European elections in 2014. Citizens can express their views, expectations and possible concerns regarding the activities of the European Union.
The EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion explained that with youth unemployment hitting record levels in the EU and almost 40% in Naples, the "investment in skills, in particular of young people, has never been more urgent, which is why it is a priority of the European Commission's Europe 2020 strategy ".
Mr Andor called for action in fighting youth unemployment, adding that "The European Social Fund plays a major role in helping people to keep their job or to find a new one. It invests around €15 billion in Italy in hundreds of projects, many directed at young people".
In his visit to Naples, Commissioner Andor also visited two ESF-funded projects and met with the Mayor of Naples, Mr Luigi De Magistris, the President of the Campania Region, Mr Stefano Caldoro, the Regional Minister for Labour, Mr Severino Nappi, the Regional Minister for Scientific Research, Mr Guido Trombetti, and the Regional Minister for Social Affairs, Mr Ermanno Russo.
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