Anderson: diversionary tactics on Youth Unemployment
During a visit to Brussels by 43 members of Sinn Féin Republican Youth, the European Commission announced its long awaited proposals on youth unemployment.
Martina Anderson MEP said
"While I welcome any attempt by the European Commission to put the issue of youth unemployment on the agenda, it looks as though recent EU statements about youth unemployment have been a distraction to divert attention from inaction on the issue - particularly inaction by governments."
"The Commission is offering no new resources to tackle youth unemployment. The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions - Eurofound - puts the overall EU cost of not integrating young people into the labour market at €150bn per year. Yet rather than investing in young people, the EU prefers to throw billions at failed and failing banks."
Megan Fearon, MLA
"The European Commission announcement of its youth unemployment package is a great disappointment. We know that young people are bearing the brunt of austerity across the EU. What we need is action and investment in jobs and growth."
Donnchadh O'Laoghaire, Sinn Féin Republican Youth
"During our visit we were presented with evidence EU member states that have a proper youth guarantee system in place have far lower rates of youth unemployment than those that don't. The government must now act to introduce a genuine guarantee of a quality job or further training to young people as is the case in Austria and Finland."