European Ministers meet in Lithuania to discuss ways to tackle youth unemployment

11 July 2013, Last updated at, 08:52 EEST
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The focus of the meeting of European Ministers responsible for Social Security and Employment, chaired by Algimanta Pabedinskienė, Minister of Social Security and Labour,  on 11-12 July in Vilnius, will be youth unemployment.

“This issue is of particular importance in Europe. At present, youth unemployment rates in the EU are over 23%, which is twice the average for adults. During the informal meeting of the Ministers we will discuss about the measures which could help to improve the situation,” said the Minister.
During the first day of the meeting the so-called European Alliance for Apprenticeships will be discussed. This is a particular measure to ensure efficient and high-quality mechanisms in the Member States allowing young people to acquire the necessary working experience and skills.  In early July, Lithuania, as the EU Council Presidency Member State, European Commission and social partners have already signed declaration of intent scheduling further action which should be taken in relation to the so-called European Alliance for Apprenticeships.

Before the discussion, the review of the recommendation of the European Commission ‘Investing in Children. Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage’, as a part of Social Investment Package, will be held. The objective of this document is to ensure better conditions for children in effective fighting against poverty and social exclusion, developing favourable conditions for growing and education. On the same day the participants of the event will discuss in separate working groups the efficiency and effectiveness of social investments, wage-setting mechanisms and economic growth.

On the second day the issue of Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union will be debated. The essence and main objective thereof is to ensure the balance between the economic measures and social objectives in order to achieve mutual reinforcement and complementary character of economic growth and social cohesion, and not vice versa.

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