Anderson MEP announces youth employment conference
Sinn Fein MEP, Martina Anderson, today launched details of a major conference she is hosting on Friday 7th June on the issues of youth unemployment in Ireland and the EU's 'Youth Guarantee' proposals.
Martina Anderson said, “One of the most worrying consequences of the economic downturn across the EU is the sharp rise in youth unemployment levels, with those in both parts of Ireland hitting all-time highs, and so in this the Irish Presidency of the EU, I am holding an event on these issues in County Cavan”. (Full details and registration contact below).
"The event is entitled 'Guarantee Our Future' and the idea is to bring together young people and their representative organizations to speak of their experiences, and along with the relevant agencies, including government departments and the European Commission, to look at what has been proposed to date, and how effective it has been.
"I’m delighted to be holding this event in Co Cavan, in association with my colleague Senator Kathryn Reilly, and that organisations including the National Youth Council of Ireland, the NI Youth Forum and the European Youth Forum will be addressing the event. We will also have speakers from the European Parliament and from the Young Left campaign group from Sweden.
The Sinn Féin MEP concluded:
"We need leaders at EU and state level to put a focus on combating this growing problem, by fleshing out the detail of initiatives like the proposed 'Youth Guarantee' and making sure that such schemes are adequately resourced. Youth unemployment is leading to the return of the bad old days of mass youth emigration from this island - we must all work to ensure that the future options for our young people are not in Clapham or Canberra but here at home".
"Guarantee Our Future" conference will take place on Friday June 7th, in the Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan town.
Registration - 9.30am, opening 10am, lunch (complimentary) served at 1pm.