Fabian Demicoli

GRTU attends conference on Youth Guarantee


GRTU Council
Member Joan Haber has last week attended a conference hosted by the European
Commission in Brussels to discuss progress in tackling youth unemployment
through the Youth Guarantee.

The
"Youth Guarantee: Making it Happen" conference also looked at how EU
countries are implementing the schemes, as recommended by the Commission.
Speakers include President José Manuel Barroso, who opened the conference,
Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, and
Director General of the International Labour Organisation, Guy Ryder.

Ahead of
the conference, President Barroso said, "With youth unemployment
unacceptably high across the EU, we need to do something urgently to help young
people into jobs. Youth Guarantees have proven their worth in several Member
States, which is why the European Commission has stepped in to recommend they
be implemented across the EU. And we have backed this up with at least €6
billion of dedicated funding from the Youth Employment Initiative that Member
States must now put to good use. This is a commitment at the highest level that
we are actively working to give young people hope for the future."

Commissioner
Andor said "The Youth Guarantee is not business as usual. It's an ambitious
and innovative policy for youth employment targeting a clear result: that every
young person gets a good labour market opportunity within 4 months. This
requires investment and many structural changes in how young people are
supported in moving from school to work. We cannot expect all young people's
job prospects to improve from one day to the next. But we do expect all Member
States to promptly implement the Youth Guarantee to give everyone a real
chance".

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