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EYE2014 Part 2!

30/12/2014

Some of you may remember the European Youth Event on 9-11 May 2014 where 5,000 young Europeans aged between 16 and 30 were gathered in European Parliament premises in Strasbourg to discuss and exchange opinions and ideas on topics such as youth unemployment, the digital revolution, the future of the EU, sustainability and European values. In order to make sure that the voice of young people will be heard and to encourage new initiatives, the EYE14 organisers decided to organise a post-event called EYE14Speed Hearing on 2nd December in front of Member of the Employment and Social Affairs committee (EMPL) in the European Parliament in Brussels. The four speakers which presented the basic ideas were also participants of the EYE14 in Strasbourg.

The first speaker mainly focused on the presentation of Marshall Plan (more details you can find on the link below), on the problem of youth unemployment and lack of financial resources for education in general. Later, the second speaker stated that social entrepreneurship is not the only solution for battling against youth unemployment. She suggested that there should be access to credits and funding, support to young entrepreneurs at universities and clear recommendations to schools and other institutions on how and when to start up a social enterprise but also on the possibilities and risks of being a social entrepreneur. “We need motivation but knowledge is the key and funding is important”, she also insisted.

In addition, the second speaker presented the key features concerning internships and apprenticeships. A high percentage of young people does not get remuneration, has low quality internships and bad working conditions. For this reason, young people during EYE14 suggested that the EP supports: 1) the clear learning content of the internship, 2) remuneration for their work, 3) clear objectives and terms of the internship, and 4) financial legislation. Also, another suggestion is the promotion of the Internship Charter for interns of European Union so that there is no more free labour for the companies as it is right now.

The third speaker presented the key ideas of international mobility and focused on setting mechanisms and programs which are accessible also to disadvantaged groups such as Roma people and handicapped people. There should be political pressure for equal opportunities and no more exclusion and discrimination among young people. So, he proposed that the MEPs should officially recognise the genocide of Roma people during the World War II.

Finally, the fourth speaker focused on quality jobs for young people. Young Europeans’ suggestion is to create a new law for qualitative jobs with precise standards taking into account all the particularities of young people. Furthermore, she mentioned the creation of links between Education and the labour market and she presented the dual educational system (more details you can find on the link below) which will equip and offer the necessary knowledge and skills to young people.

It was very interesting that all the representatives of the EMPL expressed their constant concerns about youth problems and especially youth unemployment, and agreed that further measures need to be taken. Many of them already supported the ideas presented by the four speakers and elaborated more on their thoughts. Although the event did not last for long, there was a fruitful exchange of views and ideas, the atmosphere was very positive and the experience is worthy of further consideration.

It is also important to be mentioned that in January 2015, further key ideas, according to the competence of the Parliament's Committees, will be presented in six additional Committees: Constitutional Affairs (AFCO), Foreign Affairs (AFET), Culture and Education (CULT), Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

If you would like to have more detailed information concerning the outcomes of the EYE14 in Strasbourg, the EYE2014 final report - Ideas for a better Europe can be found in many different languages on the following link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/eye2014/en/news/news.html#

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