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EU must be challenged on youth unemployment- Lynn Boylan MEP

10 February, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has participated in a debate in the European Parliament this morning in Strasbourg on Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) funding.

Ms Boylan seized the opportunity to highlight how the European Union’s latest plans are punctuated by a lack of proper funding and understanding of the problem.

The Dublin MEP said:

“In Ireland last week we heard that youth unemployment is once again on the rise. Coupled with the mass emigration of over 160,000 youths since the crash a ‘lost generation’ of young people is being created.

The European Union’s latest attempt to address these devastating levels of youth unemployment across Europe has been marred by a lack of ambition, a lack of funds and a lack of understanding.

The €6 billion which the EU has allocated to its youth guarantee scheme is a mere drop in the ocean – if Europe’s leaders were less concerned with making themselves look good and more serious about getting young people into work they would have created a properly funded scheme of at least €21 billion, as recommended by the International Labour Organisation. As it is, this scheme is simply paying lip service to the thousands of jobless youths.

Yes, the Commission should frontload the one billion euros but without a well-funded system in place overall they’re offering young people an empty promise and not a guarantee of employment.”

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