Commissioner Schmit said in the introduction that the Covid crisis should not become a social crisis from which young people would be affected at the highest point. Everything must therefore be done so that there is not a forgotten or lost generation. That is his commitment. Of course, the European Commission does not have all the competences in the social field, and this is rather a member states competence, but it has an initiative role (including in the social field) to encourage member states to act and finance projects.
The main topics debated were: how youth can overcome the socio-economic consequences of Covid-19, whether youth should be prioritised in the economic recovery, how the EU can help to reduce youth unemployment, and what concrete measures could be undertaken at EU level to help young Europeans facing this crisis.
The Commissioner specified that a major programme has been launched to help young people in this crisis (employment, training and instruments) and give them perspective, including everyone as young artists and entrepreneurs should not be left behind. From this point of view, the Youth Guarantee gives the possibility of training.
Commissioner Schmit referred the young people to get involved in the public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights.
6 young people (from Germany, France, Ireland, Cyprus, Lithuania and Greece) took part in the dialogue by describing their situation and broached the following themes:
- Common regulations for internships
- Young homeless people
- Problems of young travellers
- Concerns about the European recovery plan
- Fair wages and minimum income
- Youth Guarantee
- Short contracts for young workers
- Financial support for young entrepreneurs