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Young, Skilled & Unemployed

Top European students will debate on youth employment


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.

Next 4 September the European Parliament will held In Brussels the event: “Young. Skilled. Unemployed.” to debate this crucial issue which puts Europe’s competitiveness in jeopardy.

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.

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.

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

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