"The European Greens also recognise it’s necessary to extend the age range of targeted youth to 15-29 years."
"The Commission's call to tackle youth unemployment identifies many important priorities that Greens very much welcome. Member States with regions experiencing youth unemployment levels over 25% must submit their plan for implementation of the Youth Guarantee by October 2013 at the latest, including proposals on how to realise more apprenticeships and quality traineeships. The money made available through the Multiannual Financial Framework, however little, is to be frontloaded so that youth unemployment can be tackled without delay. We also welcome the idea of a grand coalition for digital jobs to address the projected shortfall of ICT professionals in Europe. The country-specific measures identified under the European Semester mechanism must be implemented by member states.
"However, the European Greens also recognise it’s necessary to extend the age range of targeted youth to 15-29 years. We favour youth policies to reclaim the future of, by and for young people. Therefore, we also want the Commission to establish a Youth Convention in order for young people to be better heard in decisions that concern them.
Ceterum censeamus: member states must put an end to harmful austerity policies, if we don't want the above mentioned measures to be wiped out by further economic downturn."