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Unemployment and age discrimination against the youth: challenges, prospects and strategies in Europe and Cyprus

30.04.2011 Speech (in Greek) by Androulla Kaminara, Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, in a discussion organized by GODIK and NEDIK on April 30, 2011 at Hilton Park Hotel in Nicosia.

Young people are faced with considerable challenges these days. For example, too many of them drop-out of school too early without having acquired necessary skills; young European graduates are fewer, as a percentage of the population, in relation to the USA and Japan; European universities rank low in the world raking of Universities; while the crisis has resulted in an abrupt increase of unemployment among the youth. The new European strategy for growth and jobs, "Europe 2020", aims at tackling these challenges. For example, by 2020, drop-out levels at schools should fall to under 10% (from 15% today), while 40% of 30- to 34-year-olds should finish University or its equivalent. The European Commission has also advanced a framework initiative, "Youth on the Move", which includes a set of actions aiming at assisting young people in acquiring the skills and abilities that will help them succeed in the job market.

You can find Ms Kaminara's presentation by clicking here .

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