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Quality Jobs for Youth: are we asking too much?

Joint conference EESC/Labour Market Observatory and European Youth Forum Conference - Brussels, Belgium
Quality Jobs for Youth: are we asking too much? - 20.4.2012

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Youth Forum are organising a joint conference on "Quality Jobs for Youth: Are we asking too much?" on Friday 20 April 2012 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm at the EESC premises in Brussels.

Is there a need for more (or for less) flexibility on the labour market in order to help young people access the labour market? Are the stable contracts of past still possible or are precarious internship type jobs going to last years ahead? What are the employer and employee relations developing into? Is self-employment a good solution? Is flexicurity (still) the watchword? What effects (for the individual and for the society) does being a so called “NEET” have? These are some of the questions which the conference seeks to answer.

The conference will be kicked off by László Andor (EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) (tbc), Peter Matjašič (President of the European Youth Forum) and Staffan Nilsson (President of the European Economic and Social Committee).

The core of the conference is a thematic panel with the title: "Pre-employment contracts and precarious jobs: Threat or opportunity?". In addition to the invited speakers, a great number of young people (approximately 170), who will be in Brussels for the annual Council of Members of the European Youth Forum, and the members of the EESC Labour Market Observatory, will also be present.

European Economic and Social Committee, Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels, Room: JDE 62, 6th floor