In the second project event on 20 May 2015 in Berlin, around 30 experts from politics, science, NGOs, the corporate sector and society considered the issue of how Europe can get young people into jobs.
Dialogue between international experts is an essential aspect of the ten-month “Impacts4Jobs” project that was developed and promoted by the TUI Foundation together with stiftung neue verantwortung. The project will produce a “toolbox” of best practices and tools; models that have proven to be effective in sustainably improving the youth unemployment situation and that can be transferred to other European countries.
Axel Schäfer, Deputy Chairman of the SPD Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag, underlined the urgency of the situation in his speech: “Unemployment in Europe is one of the most important EU policy issues. We have to develop solutions and we have to develop them fast, because the young generation currently views Europe as part of the problem, rather than its solution.”
The TUI Foundation aims to bring together stakeholders from different European countries to discuss how we can offer the younger generation better perspectives – particularly in southern Europe.
The kick-off event served as a platform to exchange ideas and illustrated the urgency and significance of this European problem.
Dr László Andor, former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Integration, gave a keynote speech in which he proposed prioritising the issue on the political agenda and establishing administrative structures to implement the new concepts in the Member States. This will require effective cooperation at local, regional and national level.
The problem of youth unemployment can’t be solved with money alone.
The concluding discussion highlighted the need for direct and intensive contact with disadvantaged young people. Implementing the Youth Guarantee should involve a combination of the different approaches taken by each Member State and region to facilitate reciprocal learning.
stiftung neue verantwortung and the TUI Foundation plan to continue this dialogue on the issue of youth unemployment in various formats within the framework of the project.
We’ve set out on the long path to improving Europe’s future by changing the underlying structures and frameworks. Our aim in this project, and in other projects, is to make the European idea a reality.
The next stage of the project will be an in-depth interview with a member of our Expert Circle, Dr László Anders.