Ashamed Italian Presidency cancels inter-ministerial summit on youth employment

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In a joint press release, the European Trade Union Federations (ETUFs) criticised the cancellation of the European summit on youth employment, planned to take place on 11 July 2014 in Turin, Italy.

Officially, the Italian Presidency justified its decision with stating that the safety in Turin could not be guaranteed and that the timing was unfortunate with the European institutions not yet having been established. However, the ETUFs consider it as an admission that the Youth Guarantee has so far failed, since the summit was supposed to follow up on its implementation. They consider the cancellation to have been justified by excuses to detract attention from the real problems and delays in taking action.

Although the Italian presidency has declared youth employment one of its top priorities, cancelling the event gives the impression that there were not enough best practice examples and good policies to be discussed at the summit. Only a few countries have started actions in the framework of the Youth Guarantee – too little and too late to stop the downturn in youth unemployment.

EurActiv, the most consulted online news channel for European issues, was informed by the spokesperson of the Italian government that “the meeting will be postponed to later this year in Brussels until the European institutions are fully established to safeguard the importance of the meeting”. EurActiv continues by quoting the ETUFs: “This week’s failure of European leaders to share any positive results of the Youth Guarantee is testimony to the accuracy of the ETUFs’ prediction.”

Member States, together with the European Commission, must think harder about the design of the Youth Guarantee and prioritise direct and transparent measures to reduce youth unemployment, such as investing in new quality jobs. With the campaign the ETUFs want to bring young workers’ concerns to European fora for discussion and highlight the importance of taking into account the real experiences of young workers and job seekers reported daily to the European trade union youth movement.

Here you can download the ETUFs joint press release.

You can read the EurActive article by clicking here

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