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Stimate MEP, Numele meu este şi vă scriu datorită convingerii mele că viitorul unei Europe prospere se bazează pe o generaţie de cetăţeni activi şi educaţi. Tinerii au o miză mare în ceea ce se întâmplă la guvernarea ţării noastre – pot plăti impozite, pot fi condamnaţi – dar mulţi dintre ei nu au niciun cuvânt de spus.
In March 2012, Spain and Greece passed an unenviable landmark of 50% youth unemployment . That means there were more Spanish and Greek workers under 25 without a job than with one. Six months later, it's only gotten worse. A new report from Eurostat shows that youth unemployment has increased across the European Union since last summer, and in Greece it grew by a continent-record 10 percentage points. Youth unemployment in Spain and Greece is now 55% and 53%, incredibly.
19 September 2012 Last updated at 14:59 GMT The youth contract is expected to create an additional 430,000 work opportunities by 2015 The government's youth contract is not enough to tackle the scale of youth unemployment, a group of MPs has said. The youth contract provides £1bn for a range of schemes aimed at getting young people into work. The Work and Pensions Select Committee said the contract was "a good start" but alone would not be enough to tackle the high level of youth unemployment.
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There are nearly 25 million unemployed in Europe, of whom more than 17 million are in the eurozone. One in five young people in the EU cannot find a job, that is nearly five million youngsters. In some countries the rate of youth unemployment exceeds 40 percent. To open the interview euronews reporter Fariba Mavaddat reminded Guy Ryder, the newly elected Director of the United Nation’s International Labour Organisation, the ILO , of what he said in his inaugural speech in May: “It is a tremendous opportunity in the middle of this global crisis to make a difference to the lives of millions of people.’‘ So, how does he intend to do that?
Until recently, youth unemployment had received relatively little attention in Poland’s policy-making circles. However, since 2008 the youth employment situation has deteriorated considerably, even though Poland’s general economic indicators stood out positively in the EU. And when one factors in that around one million youths migrated abroad, the situation is even worse. The Polish case demonstrates clearly that GDP growth does not have to translate into more jobs but rather, on the business side, more attention is paid to the flexibilisation of the labour market.
Boris Johnson's scheme ties in with his pledge to create 200,000 jobs over four years. Photograph ITN Young Londoners joining the dole queue will be forced to work unpaid for three months or lose their benefits under a new scheme announced by mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). Funded from the European social fund, 6,000 Londoners aged 18-24 in 16 boroughs will be made to do 13 weeks' unpaid work as a condition of claiming their £56-a-week benefit if they have contributed less than six months of national insurance payments.
Anti-austerity protest in Madrid, 27 November 2011. One in every five young Europeans is out of a job, and even one in two in some countries. Numbers like these were enough to have the young generation rebel against governments in the Arab world, remarks a Polish columnist. What will happen if our social model deprives young people of all hope? Greece may opt to leave the eurozone in September, Spain is planning on requesting a bailout from Europe, while the European Central Bank is preparing to buy more Italian bonds. From the island paradises where they spend their holidays, our leaders are as usual pledging to prevent the breakup of the Eurozone.
Decrease of Democracy in Europe: The divide between the democratic institutions, elected representatives and political parties on the one hand, and the citizens on the other is growing. The disenchantment with politics, the mistrust towards political parties and the complexity of democratic decision-making processes is creating a democratic deficit. Decision-makers at all levels need to recognise that sustainable democracy depends on participation of all citizens, especially the younger generation, in democratic decision-making processes, civil society and civil society organisations. Right to democratic participation:
As the world prepares to celebrate International Youth Day on August 12th, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on countries to make youth and youth employment issues a priority, especially in light of the world economic crisis. Despite his organization’s good intentions, the United Nations fails to recognize the importance of its own interns, thousands of which contribute their energy and passion for no pay. Given the high cost of living in key UN cities, such as New York and Geneva, undertaking a UN internship is an experience that few can afford, especially those from the very developing countries the organization strives to serve. To live up to its ideals and set an example for the world, the United Nations should make a commitment to provide fair compensation to its interns, ensuring that future leaders receive the financial support they need and deserve. Tell the UN that young people matter by signing this petition. Sign here today!
4 July 2012 Last updated at 12:13 ET Although the Welsh assembly has no power to change the law, the Welsh government has called on the Electoral Commission to consider making a change The Welsh government is in favour of lowering the voting age to 16, a debate in the Welsh assembly has been told. Although the assembly has no powers to change the law, AMs in favour of votes at 16 say the institution should send a positive message about young people's involvement in the democratic process.
A group of local councillors Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian You can normally draw some conclusions about an organisation by what they think is "young": 18-25 seems to be the default definition, while 18-30 pushes the box closer towards young adults growing up and settling down. In local government however, a young councillor is considered to be anyone under the age of 35. Since 2007 it's been possible to become a councillor from the age of 18. The problem is that fewer young people are being elected onto local councils. Between 1997 and 2008, the average age of councillors increased by four years from 55 to 59 , and the percentage of under 45s dropped from 18.4% to 13.1%.
In the 1990s the Third Place First campaign was at the heart of taking Labour into ‘unwinnable’ seats – and capturing them. Now we are pleased to relaunch the campaign for the party to rebuild its presence throughout the country. The Labour party finished third in 211 seats in the 2010 election. For Ed Miliband’s party to regain power it must prove to the electorate that it is a truly national party and not just a party of the cities and industrial heartlands. Join Progress at the Third Place First conference in Reading on June 23, with keynote speakers Harriet Harman MP, Caroline Flint MP and Iain McNicol and debates and workshops on campaigning - and winning - with limited resources.
Published on Monday 11th June 2012 Minister Fitzgerald launches Public Consultation “Improving the Lives of Children and Young People” Minister Fitzgerald speaking at the 'Improving the Lives of Children and Young People' public consultation launch Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, today launched a public consultation on the forthcoming Children & Young People’s Policy Framework. The consultation will be open for the 4 weeks from 11th June – 6th July. Speaking at today’s launch Minister Fitzgerald said:
31 May 2012 Last updated at 23:40 GMT The EIS believes senior pupils are mature enough to take part in elections Scotland's largest teaching union has said 16 and 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote in the referendum on independence. In a submission to the Scottish government's consultation, the EIS said young voters should take part in all elections. It pointed out that 16-year-olds have many other rights and responsibilities, including marriage and paying taxes. The union represents 80% of Scotland's teachers and lecturers.