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Young people need jobs not election stunts

3 July, 2013

Sinn Fein youth affairs spokesperson, Senator Kathryn Reilly, has said that “young people need jobs not election stunts”. The comments came as 20 EU leaders attend a summit in Berlin on youth unemployment. The summit has been widely criticised by youth advocacy groups and trade unions as an election stunt.
Senator Reilly said:
“One in four young people across the EU is officially unemployed. Here the figure is a staggering one in three. These figures do not include those young people disengaged from employed services or who have emigrated outside the EU in search of work.
“Today 20 of Europe’s top leaders are gathering in Berlin for a youth employment summit called by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
“The summit is nothing more than an election stunt called in advance of September’s parliamentary elections in Germany. It has been criticised by youth advocacy organisations and trade unions.
“Young people need jobs not election stunts. They need investment in training, education and apprenticeships.
“There are 7.5 million young people not in employment, education or training across the EU. Given the scale of the problem, €6bn allocated by the EU for youth unemployment is nowhere near enough.
“The government has no strategy for addressing youth unemployment. It has no plan and it is not investing adequate resources to tackle the problem. Until this changes the number of young people not in employment, education or training will continue to rise.” ENDS
Note to editor: The Oireachtas European Affairs Committee will launch Guaranteeing Our Future – a report on the need for a youth guarantee tomorrow at 10am in the AV room, Leinster House. The report was written by Senator Kathryn Reilly.

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