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Reilly welcomes EU moves on youth unemployment

30 August, 2012 - by Kathryn Reilly


Sinn Fein’s Youth Affairs spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has welcomed the confirmation received by Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson that the EU Commission will present a Council recommendation on youth guarantees in December.

“This confirmation by the EU Commission that it will present a Council recommendation in December is welcome news. We are constantly being told that the EU is prioritising youth unemployment but as yet we have seen only the smallest concrete measures even being considered.

“The importance of the confirmation won by MEP Anderson is that it removes an excuse for domestic governments to act by clearing the way for the possible use of the European Social Fund to support anti-youth Unemployment programmes the EU. So-called youth guarantees already operate in some of the EU countries with the lowest rates of youth unemployment including Austria and the Netherlands.”

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