15.02.2021

A Youth Recovery: Time for Quality Jobs! (How) Will Europe prevent a Lost Generation?

On Februrary 15, the ETUC Youth Committee and the FES Competence Center Future of Work organized a high-level conference on youth recovery.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic repercussions have hit young people in Europe particularly hard; youth unemployment figures are skyrocketing. Being very often employed in precarious, non-standard and self-employed work, young people had hardly access to income compensation and employment protection measures. Young people are paying the most for the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis, yet they have often been overlooked by national political agendas. Therefore young people need to be included in all relevant European policies as well as on the national policy level. It is important to increase awareness about the needs of young people at the labour market and to bring together different actors working on the topic, presenting what has been done so far and opening the floor for an exchange on challenges and possibilities.

Key speakers at the conference "A Youth Recovery: Time for Quality Jobs! (How) Will Europe prevent a Lost Generation?":

Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights

Miguel Filipe Pardal Cabrita, Portuguese Secretary of State for Labour and Vocational Training

Massimiliano Mascherini, Eurofound Head of Unit Social Policies

Vanya Grigorova, PODKREPA Economic Adviser

Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary

Tea Jarc, president of ETUC Youth

Ludovic Voet, ETUC Confederal Secretary

In this context a  brochure on Reinforced Youth Guarantee as well as a Background Paper on Youth Recovery were developed.

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