Youth unemployment: more investment, not more statements
EU Leaders should work all night to deliver solutions says Youth Council
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has renewed calls for more investment to tackle youth unemployment, ahead of the last major meeting of Ireland’s EU Presidency.
“The Youth Council welcomes that youth unemployment is on the agenda at the EU Heads of State Summit, but we urge the Taoiseach to take this opportunity to deliver for young jobseekers,” said Mary Cunningham, speaking in advance of the high-level EU summit taking place in Brussels this Thursday (27.06.13) and Friday (28.06.13).
“There are 14 million young people economically inactive* in the EU at present, that’s equal to the population of the 7 smallest member states. In Ireland alone we have a 26.6% youth unemployment rate and almost 30,000 under 25s on the live register for a year or more.** Given the scale of the crisis, we need greater investment, not more empty statements,” stated Ms Cunningham.
At present there is €6 billion on the table for Youth Employment initiatives, but the Youth Council has indicated that this will not be enough. Both the International Labour Organisation and the European Youth Forum have stated that up to €21 billion will be required.
“The funding for youth unemployment initiatives being discussed is for 2014-2020. However we agree with the EU Commission that funding should be frontloaded in 2014 and 2015. It is vital to invest now in getting young people off welfare and into quality further education, training, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities,” continued Ms Cunningham.
“Over the last number of years we have had crisis EU summits on the euro where the leaders have worked all night to deliver solutions. Youth unemployment is now also at a crisis point, the leaders should not emerge from the summit unless they deliver more funding to address youth unemployment and commit to frontloading that spending in 2014 and 2015 for countries like Ireland, with a youth unemployment crisis,” concluded Ms Cunningham.
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.