Youth Council meets EU Affairs Committee to discuss youth guarantee
The EU affairs committee will meet today (21.03.13) to discuss the European Youth Guarantee.
The Oireachtas Committee will be addressed by James Doorley of the National Youth Council; James Higgins of the European Youth Forum and Dermot Stokes, formerly of Youthreach.
A meeting of EU social affairs and employment ministers chaired by Minister for Social Affairs, Joan Burton in Dublin last month reached agreement on a Youth Guarantee scheme, which, if adopted by a European Council of EU Heads of Government, will require each member state to ensure under-25s are offered employment, education or training within four months of becoming unemployed.
“The NYCI has been a long time advocate of a youth guarantee – which would ensure young people on the live register for four months or more will automatically be directed into employment, education or training,” said James Doorley, NYCI deputy director.
Responses to questions from the Committee:
“The youth guarantee scheme is not a panacea, but it is an important first step – it could work in Ireland, if a number of conditions are satisfied,” continued Mr Doorley.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email email@example.com
NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie