Youth Summit calls for greater action to provide quality jobs
Young people across Europe gathered in Paris to discuss and propose bold solutions to tackle the on-going youth unemployment crisis. The Youth Summit on Quality Jobs was held to coincide with the intergovernmental conference that EU leaders attended to discuss the same topic area.
The youth summit was co-organised by the European Youth Forum and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and was hosted at the OCED buildings in Paris. The three day conference saw representatives of national youth organisations and trade unions take part in joint discussions on a variety of issues such as zero-hours contracts, education and quality jobs. The main bulk of the agenda focused on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee that is due to implemented across EU member states in January 2014.
On the second day of the summit, a group of 10 delegates were invited to attend a special meeting with President Hollande at the Elysee Palace to discuss the issue of youth unemployment ahead of the intergovernmental conference. During the afternoon all other delegates took part in street action in Paris calling for greater action to be taken by EU leaders to provide quality jobs.
The discussions that took place among EU leaders were positive. Chancellor Merkel said the fight against unemployment was now, “one step further”. Leaders also highlighted their intentions to hold another intergovernmental conference on unemployment in spring 2014, potentially in Rome.
The European Youth Forum welcomes the discussions that took place both at the Youth Summit and at the intergovernmental conference. However the Forum notes that the EU has only earmarked €6 billion for the Youth Guarantee scheme, which when divided across 28 member states is not sufficient. The Forum calls for greater investment into youth jobs and will continue to argue the case for more quality jobs.
During the Summit the Youth Forum launched its Quality Jobs publication that provides an analysis on the current youth unemployment crisis and the impact it has had on millions of young people. Throughout 2013 the issue of youth unemployment has dominated the political agenda, however only through proposing bold solutions through measures such as the Youth Guarantee, will the situation fair better for youth in 2014.