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Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
SOC/603-EESC-2018-04028-00-00
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

In its opinion, the EESC welcomes the commitment to the renewed European Solidarity Corps (ESC) with an increased budget and target for participation. It also appreciates the merging with the EU Aid Volunteers. The Committee believes that in the future, the EU needs to develop two independent support programmes, one for youth and one for volunteering.

The EESC makes a series of concrete recommendations, such as: 1) the employment strand of the ECS needs to be subject to strict regulation and regular review; 2) there should be no age restriction on the ESC as it should be a support for volunteering; 3) the ESC should be restricted to the not for profit sector; 4)the main civil society platforms in the field (the European Youth Forum and the European Volunteering Centre) should be centrally involved in the regulation and oversight of the ESC.

EESC opinion: European Solidarity Corps (2018)

Adopted on 29/03/2012
Reference: 
SOC/438-EESC-2012-825
Plenary session: 
479 -
Mar 28, 2012 Mar 29, 2012

The EESC believes that the Erasmus for All Programme should be a key instrument for increasing support for education and training in order to enhance citizens' skills, help tackle the high levels of youth unemployment in many Member States, meet the need for qualified labour, and resolve skills mismatches. It is especially important to employ such an instrument at a time of economic crisis and negative repercussions on labour markets.

Adopted on 27/02/2014
Reference: 
SOC/499-EESC-2013-8054
Plenary session: 
496 -
Feb 26, 2014 Feb 27, 2014

Traineeships have become an important gateway through which young people enter the labour market. However, although traineeships have become standard in European labour markets, their spread has been accompanied by growing concerns as to learning content and working conditions. To facilitate access to employment, traineeships should offer good quality learning content and adequate working conditions.

EESC opinion: Quality framework for traineeships

Adopted on 09/10/2014
Reference: 
REX/399-EESC

The information report will seek to take a holistic approach to situation of young people in the north and south of the region, looking not just at the employment market but at wider trends amongst young people also outside of work, their self-perception, their political and social outlook on the future, their living arrangements, their view of their parents' generation and other older generations, as well as their view of the region and its role in a globalised world.

The Economic and Social Situation of young people in the Euromed region

Adopted on 16/01/2013
Reference: 
SOC/445-EESC-2012-963
Plenary session: 
486 -
Jan 16, 2013 Jan 17, 2013

The EESC recommends that the European Commission and the Member States support further studies and research that would tap the potential of gifted children and young people, aiming to facilitate employment and employability within the framework of the EU and, in a context of economic crisis, enhance specialist knowledge and prevent brain drain. It also recommends that greater consideration be given to each Member State's existing models for and experience in working with highly gifted children, and presents various proposals aimed at improving educational care for children and young people with high abilities.

EESC opinion: Unleashing the potential of children and young people with high intellectual abilities in the European Union

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