YOUTH EMPLOYMENT , ELISAN REQUESTS EUROPEAN CONCRETE ACTIONS Brussels, 18th November 2013
"The challenge of youth unemployment in Europe can be won only with the courage of ideas." From Brussels the Minister of Social Services of the Veneto Region, Remo Sernagiotto, as chairman of Elisan, European Network for social inclusion active since 2008, focuses attention on the strategies needed to solve a problem that involves significantly large Member States . The issue of youth unemployment, along with that of policies for reconciling work and family life, has been the focus of the annual conference of Elisan , which was held today at the Committee of the Regions . The conference was attended by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Laszlo Andor, which has highlighted the package for youth employment proposed by the Commission and in particular the system of Youth Guarantee, to give a job offer qualitatively good within four months of leaving school or when they are unemployed. A system that should be financed with a budget of € 6 billion in the next Multiannual Financial Framework , through the European Social Fund. "Youth unemployment is not only bad for the individual, and bad for their families, but also a waste of valuable potential for society as a whole. We need to actively help young people to either find a decent job straight away or to learn more skills in order to get a decent place job in the future."said Commissioner Andor . A purpose supported by the Veneto Region and the network Elisan, which, however, raises the need for concrete actions and focused on the person: "The financial instruments will not be enough if we do not return to a central vision of the person and the family, as well as a redesign of the pace of work" said the president Sernagiotto . According to the estimates reported by Eurofound, 14 million Europeans aged between 15 and 29 years do not have a job or are following a training program. The economic cost of non-integration of young people into the labour market, in addition, is more than € 150 billion a year, equal to 1,2% of EU GDP . The President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Henri Malosse, has expressed his support for the work of Elisan: "This field should be guided by only one watchword: innovation and investment to end an intolerable situation for young people and their families that is threatening the cohesion of society."
01/10/2013 - Elisan Annual Conference
You are invited to the Elisan Annual Conference
Investing in smart ideas for youth employment and integration and Work- Family Balance policies
With the participation of:
László Andor - European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Henri Malosse - President European Economic and Social Committee
Three days of events that will take place in the town of Garda, to work on the issues of active citizenship, European integration and intercultural dialogue, employment and involvement of young people regardless of their education level and social status, work–life balance, stimulating a propositive comparison between participants from all over Europe and promoting the development of proposals and projects to bring to the attention of the European institutions for the new 2014-2020 agenda.
10/09/2013 - Alzheimer Award 2012 - Brochure of the initiatives awarded
In the framework of the call for award ”Living with and despite Alzheimer’s disease Award 2012 - Improving quality of life of people with dementia and their health care assistants either at home or in care homes”, Elisan and the Fondation Médéric Alzheimer have edited a Brochure detailing the initiatives awarded and pre-selected. We would like to thank again all the applicants and congratulate them for their relevant and effective engagement in the field of the Alzheimer disease. Download the document EN,FR, IT
07/06/2013 - Reconciliation and work-life balance policies: Italy and Europe
Press flash: at Italian and European level, the impact and importance of reconciliation and work-life balance policies. For more information, please click here
24/09/2012 - YOUTH MEETING, Cre-active Young Citizens – 2nd Edition
The Regional Ministry of Social Affairs of the Veneto Region, the Regional Observatory of Social Policies and the municipality of Caorle with the collaboration of the European networks Elisan and Ensa, in the framework of the European for Citizens programme, have organized the 2nd YOUTH MEETING, Cre-active Young Citizens that was held in Caorle on September 24th 2012.
What opportunities for youth? This was the focus of the meeting, with the launch of calls for proposals related to entrepreneurship and employment, active citizenship, film making, music and moments and spaces of debate alternated with performances and entertainment made by and for young people themselves. This meeting has been also an important context to stimulate transnational exchanges contributing to develop a sense of belonging to common European values and encouraging the process of European integration.
Considering the findings from the report 2012 on the evolution of the social situation and employment in Europe, this one shows an increasing rate of unemployment, a significant risk of poverty and social exclusion rising for European citizens and a decline of household incomes. Socially, Europe is going wrong!
This report is accompanied by other annoying other news such as the term in late 2013 of the European food aid program for the most vulnerable whose number is still increasing!
This observation shared by all European members should not leave us unresponsive, or let us sink into moroseness and inaction. On the contrary, it should encourage, at the eve of 2013, to move from political will in to action!
If these elements actually reflect a continuation of the crisis and its social and economical impact, the fact remains that proposals are emerging and need to be taken up and defended.
We will particularly highlight the important role that will have to play local authorities in their respective member states regarding the coming implementation of cohesion policy and its programming period 2014-2020! The Europe 2020 objectives require a mobilization to have social inclusion and fight against poverty and exclusion omnipresent and to better answer the needs of the population in term of accessibility to rights and social services, to trainings and so on.
The announcement by Lazlo Andor, European commissioner of the creation of a European fund for the most vulnerable, shows the willingness of the European commission not to definitively bury the the aid provided since the 80's, but to make it reborn in another format, with several priorities, with another budget format, with new conditions for granting and so on. Of course it is a step forward, but stakeholders, including local authorities, needs to be mobilized to have the aid provided (116 millions of European citizens at risk of poverty), in the best conditions!
Social innovation and experimentation will also be at the heart of the programs after 2013. They should permit to promote exchange of experiences but also to gather together stakeholders on the territories to develop local social action concerted.
New working opportunities are now opened to reinforce the European social pillar and to answer the challenges faced by our societies.
Patrick Kanner Vice-president of ELISAN President of UNCCAS