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Young. Skilled. Unemployed.


03 Sep 2013 22:00



Event Type

L - Conference, forum

Organiser type

Federations / Associations


Social Europe & Jobs

Event Location


Event Description

Nearly 6 million people under 25 are currently out of work in Europe. In some member states, more than half of young people wanting to work are unemployed. 

In June, Europe’s leaders launched a plan to combat youth unemployment, committing 6 billion EUR to Youth Employment Initiatives and the European Commission’s Youth Guarantee scheme. 
Is it enough? 
Will it help solve the employment crisis young people in Europe face today?
Join us on 4 September at the event "Young. Skilled. Unemployed.” held at the European Parliament in Brussels to debate this crucial issue which puts Europe’s competitiveness in jeopardy. 
This half-day debate, organised in close collaboration with EU40, the network of young MEPs under the age of 40, seeks to trigger a dialogue between policy makers and seven young students from across the European Union who will soon be facing the challenge of finding a job. These students are bright minds, who have previously excelled in PlasticsEurope’s Youth Parliament Debates. 
We are delighted to announce that the following speakers have confirmed their participation in the event: 
  • José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
  • Gianni Pittella, MEP and First Vice President of European Parliament
  • Patrick Thomas, CEO Bayer MaterialScience
  • Daniele Ferrari, CEO Versalis
  • Katarína Neved’alová, MEP
PlasticsEurope, representing Europe’s plastics manufacturers, is deeply committed to working with Europe’s future generations. For many years, PlasticsEurope has organised Youth Parliament Debates, bringing together and supporting bright young students in debating competitions throughout the European Union, helping them to prepare for their academic and professional career. 
Come and join us building Europe's future!