Presentation by Lukasz Arendt (University of Lodz, Poland) on the occasion of the 20th LMO meeting on 6 June 2011 in Madrid, Spain
Today's conference is about a very important subject. Youth and employment are keys for Europe's future and competitiveness as well as for Europe's sustainability.
The huge challenge we are facing is to see how:
- First, we can help our young citizens onto the labour market.
- Second, on the same time we can avoid that the schemes we set up to this effect are abused.
The Observatory is carrying out a study on the implementation of EU policies for youth employment in a selection of six Member States: Austria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy and Slovakia, seen from a civil society perspective.
The ninth edition of "Your Europe, Your Say!" (YEYS) took place on 15 and 16 March during the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), an initiative to celebrate cultural heritage and bring it closer to citizens. The heading for the young people’s debates was: United in diversity: a younger future for European culture – can European youth take European culture to heart?
Presentation by Maria Hrabinska (CEDEFOP) on the occasion of the 20th LMO meeting on 6 June 2011 in Madrid, Spain
The European Economic and Social Committee is very keen to engage with youth on sustainable development as we are preparing to give input and participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development that will take place in 20-22 June in Rio de Janeiro. This Conference is a crucial opportunity to send a clear message for a global change towards a green and sustainable economy and poverty eradication.
Language competences are vital in order to foster mobility of workers and students and ultimately to improve the employability of the European workforce. Thus it is necessary to work in all possible ways on improving the language competences of Europeans.
We need good language policies and practices which can lead to successful language learning. In recent years, the EESC has drawn up three opinions for the European institutions on Europe's multilingualism strategy. Also, multilingualism policy has always been part of the EESC's political priorities.