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MEP Evelyn Regner supports Back2OurFuture youth campaign

21/05/2015

MEP Evelyn Regner supports Back2OurFuture youth campaign

Austrian MEP Evelyn Regner has expressed her support for the Back2OurFuture campaign that aims to tackle youth unemployment.

Referring to the campaign, she said that “it clearly shows the kind of vision that young people have of European policies”. “Huge amounts are being lavished to save banks, yet when it’s about young people the money simply doesn’t come, and when it does, it's too late,” she said. Click here to watch the video.

During yesterday's plenary session at the European Parliament, elected officials and the Latvian Presidency debated the state of affairs and lack of progress in the implementation of the European Youth Guarantee. In Europe, young people under 25 are two times more likely to be unemployed compared with any other group. In countries like Spain or Greece almost 50% of all young people are without a job.

Evelyn Regner, who is also a member of the S&D group, pointed out that the youth unemployment crisis in Europe costs €153 billion yearly. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has estimated that an efficient Youth Guarantee scheme could be set up in Europe with €21 billion per year. Clearly, the €6 billion available under the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) over a seven-year period are insufficient to tackle this most urgent problem.

Ms Regner told the Parliament, the Council and its Presidency that young European trade unionists are worried that the Youth Guarantee (YG) will fail to meet expectations. This view is backed by The Youth Guarantee in Europe ETUC report, in which the following shortcomings have been identified: growing precariousness, sluggish investment, insufficient cooperation with unions and overburdened administrations.

Last week over 150 young unionist from all over Europe met in Croatia to discuss these issues. As a result, a letter to Commission President Juncker was sent, demanding a more active involvement and a different attitude, summarised by the catchphrase Stop talking about us, talk with us. Our future is at stake! We want real perspectives. Enough of their crisis, back to our future!

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.