ETUFs call on President Juncker to demonstrate commitment to youth employment

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The ETUC and the six European Trade Union Federations who power the Back 2 our Future campaign have joined forces in calling the European Commission to show genuine commitment in tackling the youth employment crisis in Europe.

In a joint letter sent to European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker and Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Marianne Thyssen, the European trade union movement brings into memory the worrying figures of youth unemployment in Europe and the enormous difference between the annual cost for setting up an effective tool to reverse this situation, 21 billion euro, and the actual budget reserved by the Commission so far, namely 6 billion euro over a 7-year period.

Even though the signatory parties welcome the commitment expressed by the Commission President at several occasions, they are also becoming impatient to see words translated into effective deeds. They invited the President and Commissioner to meet with the ETUFs’ and ETUC’s youth officers to openly discuss the dire reality faced by young workers and job seekers on the ground in an attempt to facilitate and speed up the process of developing an effective youth employment policy in Europe.

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