The event's topic was one of the highest priorities at EU level and its organisation was very well-timed, as the Member States were beginning to implement several EU policies for youth employment (such as the Youth Guarantee). Therefore, it was important to assess the level of involvement of civil society organisations in these policies, to recall the significant role that these organisations can play and to put forward their recommendations and best practices.
This public hearing dealt with the situation at the EU level but also in a selection of six Member States (Austria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy and Slovakia), as the event was also closely linked to an impact study that the LMO carried out in those countries (see below). The event was an occasion to publicise the first findings of the study, contribute to the final report and to the EESC June plenary that was partially dedicated to the topic of youth unemployment.
The event involved high-level representatives from the European Parliament, the European Commission, Eurofound, EU social partners, the European Policy Center, the European Youth Forum and several national youth organisations.