Youth unemployment is 49.3 percent in Greece, 53.8 percent in Spain and 43.3 percent in Italy. That’s just a fraction of the 5.6 million young people out of work in 2014. Europe isn’t working … at least, not well enough. The European Union has two key programmes to curb youth unemployment. But how effective and efficient are the European Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative?

The Youth Guarantee Scheme, approved by the Parliament in January 2013, seeks to ensure that people up to 25 years old receive an offer of continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving formal education. The second programme is the Youth Employment Initiative, which especially aims to support regions with youth unemployment rates above 25 percent and young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

According to Eurostat (October 2014) youth unemployment in the EU has fallen slightly since October 2013, from 23.3 percent to 21.6 percent. In the countries worst hit by the crisis, the figures remain unsustainably high.

The Euranet Plus debate hosted at the European Parliament asked: how can education be better tailored to labour market needs; how can Europe ensure young people have access to quality jobs that offer stability and security and meet core labour standards; and how can EU policies for youth employment be better implemented?

Euranet Plus and Rádio Renascença, commercial station, the  Portuguese Euranet Plus member, discussed these questions in a bilingual debate moderated by journalist Ana Maria Carrilho of Rádio Renascença (in Portuguese) and Brian Maguire of the Euranet Plus News Agency in Brussels (in English). Students from the campus radio stations affiliated to Euranet Plus from Spain and Poland also joined the debate.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:30 CET
  • European Parliament, VoxBox, Altiero Spinelli building, Brussels, Belgium
    • Watch the individual parts of the debate, one for each language on our YouTube channel, below

Part 1 | Portuguese | 12:30 – 13:15 CET | moderator Ana Maria Carrilho | guests:

  • José Manuel Fernandes, MEP, Portugal, Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), Member of the Committee on Budgets, co-author of a Motion for a resolution on Youth Employment, www@JMFernandesEU
  • Elisa Ferreira, MEP, Portugal, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, www,  @ElisaFerreiraEP
  • Inês Cristina Zuber, MEP, Portugal, Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
  • José Silva Peneda, expert in employment matters
  • Carlos Manuel Trindade, member of the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee), Worker’s Group, EESC member page
  • Press photos of this part of the debate with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike on Flickr

Part 2 | English | 13:15 – 14:00 CET | moderator Brian Maguire | guests:

Ahead of the debate, we posted regular audios and features on our social media channels to bring the topic closer to our guests, fans and listeners. During the debate our fans were invited to post their questions for our guests and moderators.

Portuguese - Citizens' Corner debate on cutting Europe's youth unemployment: Mission impossible?

Portuguese – Citizens’ Corner debate on cutting Europe’s youth unemployment: Mission impossible?

Citizens' Corner debate on cutting Europe's youth unemployment: Mission impossible?

English - Citizens' Corner debate on cutting Europe's youth unemployment: Mission impossible?

English – Citizens’ Corner debate on cutting Europe’s youth unemployment: Mission impossible?

About ‘Citizens’ Corner’ debates

With the aim of getting as close as possible to the concerns of EU citizens and inspired by the “The 2010 EU Citizenship Report”, the “25 Key Actions to Improve Citizens’ Lives”, “The 2013 EU Citizenship Report”, along with the 12 new actions in six key areas put forward by the European Commission to further remove obstacles standing in the way of citizens’ enjoyment of their EU rights, Euranet Plus organizes monthly debates under the heading of “Citizens’ Corner”.

The aim is to provide information on the rights enjoyed by EU citizens, and also to reveal gaps which may remain between the applicable rules and regulations and the reality of citizens’ daily lives, particularly in cross-border situations. The debates provide the opportunity for open dialogue, contributing to new insights between all those involved.

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About Euranet Plus: The most powerful radio network in Europe

Euranet Plus is a pan-European network of 15 leading radio stations – public and private – across the European Union. Euranet Plus reaches over 20 million listeners daily with its EU related content broadcasted on-air.

As an unrivalled brand for quality content on EU news   and producing and broadcasting in 14 official EU languages through its international, national and regional radio stations in 15 EU states, Euranet Plus broadcasts more than 1,300 hours of high quality EU related content on a yearly basis.

Offering high-quality EU news coverage, Euranet Plus programmes are specifically targeted towards member radios’ audiences, making the best use of the strength of the network of professional radio operators Europe-wide.

From Brussels to Europe: Euranet Plus News Agency

The network operates its own Euranet Plus News Agency in Brussels. This provides the network members with high quality, up-to-date information from heartbeat of the European Union and its member states.

Pooling EU related information and media content, the Euranet Plus News Agency offers insightful content from Brussels and Strasbourg as well as from its radio members all over Europe.

Euranet Plus thereby enriches the editorial coverage on EU affairs with truly transnational viewpoints going well beyond national borders.

Euranet Plus operates with full editorial independence.

Understanding Europe better

More than ever, the European Union has influence on the daily lives of European citizens. However, there is an evident lack of information on EU affairs. The Euranet Plus objective is to strengthen EU citizens’ awareness and understanding of EU affairs by better informing them and by stimulating exchange of opinions and debate. Euranet Plus aims to bridge the information gap between the EU and citizens, thereby promoting better mutual understanding in Europe.

Citizens' Corner debate on cutting Europe's youth unemployment: Mission impossible?


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