The commissioner responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion, László Andor , has called on EU member states to do more for Europe's unemployed, after the rate of overall jobless in the member states rose since July 2012.
French President François Hollande will travel to Brussels for a European summit today with an appeal for an EU-wide “action plan” on youth unemployment that includes frontloading the bloc’s €6-billion youth employment initiative over the next two years rather than the next seven, the fund’s original time frame.
European leaders agreed on Thursday (27 June) to set aside around 8 billion euros to combat youth unemployment, even as they admitted that the labour market would only sustainably improve once the crisis-hit region returns to growth.
Employers and most European governments tell us we will all have to work for longer. But how can workers in backbreaking jobs do that? As it is, many never manage to work out a full career due to physical or mental burnout.
MEPs are being assailed by campaigners from the European Youth Forum (YFJ), who are running around the European Parliament demanding that they sign a list of 11 pledges on issues from education to implementing to a youth job guarantee scheme.