5.5 million young people are currently unemployed in Europe and an additional 1.5 million are forced into precarious jobs. In some countries as many as one young person out of two cannot find a job.
The Party of European Socialists campaign “Your future is my future – a European Youth Guarantee now” is calling for a European Youth Guarantee as a way to tackle youth unemployment.
What is the European Youth Guarantee?
The European Youth Guarantee is a guarantee that ensures that every young person in Europe is offered a job, further education or work-focused training at the latest four months after leaving education or after becoming unemployed.
It can be implemented at European or at national level.
Can we secure the European Youth Guarantee for Ireland?
As the Labour Party is a member of the Party of European Socialists (PES) our ministers, TDs and Senators, and members have worked with our colleagues in the PES to promote this campaign and bring it closer to being realised. Labour Youth welcome the support offered to this campaign by the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, and the Minister for Education and Skills, Minister Ruairi Quinn TD.
Labour Party MEP Emer Costello, and TD for Dublin North West, John Lyons, have both campaigned for the European Youth Guarantee at home and in Brussels.