Yesterday the Greens/EFA abstained in a European Parliament vote regarding youth unemployment in the current crisis. While the report mentioned some important items for supporting young people in their endeavor to find employment and receive proper training, it fell short of any necessary binding measures.
Fighting youth unemployment is high on the official agenda of almost all European political actors. However, while there is some verbal commitment, concrete measures to implement the European Youth Guarantee are mostly missing. There is no way around the one central message: without a new economic dynamic there will be no success in fighting youth unemployment. We need a sustainable growth agenda. To call upon Europe’s young people to try harder and to get trained better is of little help and may even sound cynical without setting the right economic framework conditions,” says Reinhard Bütikofer MEP and Co-Chair of the European Green Party (EGP).
Michael Bloss, Co-Spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) adds: “When we are already in the fourth year of the crisis, and youth unemployment numbers in a lot of countries are still on an all-time high, the European Parliament is sending a weak signal to Europe’s young people. We need a lot more then this report demands. We need real, rights-based youth participation in finding solutions to this crisis. We need member states to take responsibility for creating more opportunities, without reducing our education systems and curricula to pure labour force creation. Education is also about respect for the choice of the individual.”