On 30 June, a seminar on Youth and Employment was hosted by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, and jointly organised by the four agencies: Cedefop (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki), ETF (the European Training Foundation, Torino), EU-OSHA (the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Bilbao) and Eurofound (the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin).

The seminar, which attracted some 200 participants from various institutions and interest groups, was a mix of key note and special addresses, thematic contributions from the four agencies, and a panel debate bringing together members of the European Parliament and Commission services, European social partners and youth organisations.

The agencies highlighted the complementarity of their work by each presenting different aspects and perspectives related to youth employment in Europe and its neighbourhood countries. Topics included the transition from education to the workplace, guidance for young people at risk, safe and decent jobs for young people, the “NEETs” phenomenon (young people Not in Education, Employment or Training) and its economic costs, the active inclusion of disadvantaged young people in employment and the global dimension of youth employment. 

 L to R:
Donald Storrie, Head of Employment and Competitiveness unit, Eurofound;
Pascaline Descy, Head of Research and Policy Analysis, Cedefop;
Juan Menendes-Valdes, Director of Eurofound;
MEP Pervenche Beres, chair of the EP Employment and Social Affairs Committee; Anastasia Fetsi, Head of Thematic Expertise Department at the ETF;
Sarah Copsey, EU-OSHA Project Manager.

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Seminar conclusions