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Europe’s youth present manifesto to the European Council Summit in Brussels


18 October 2013

European youth called today on Europe’s leaders at the European Council Summit to take action to address the growing jobs crisis for young people and presented a manifesto with practical recommendations.

With regard to the digital agenda, these include:

  • introducing more e-government solutions, allowing citizens to individually interact with the state
  • the creation of EU-wide Innovation Officers
  • a European centralized on-line database of research produced by European universities which would connect scientists, universities and companies creating the European Library for Innovation Stakeholders (ELIS)
  • A new “Social and Technological Innovation” chapter within the ERASMUS PLUS in order to bring together young innovators, sponsors or innovative ideas.

A delegation of young people from the FutureLab Europe Programme met the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy’s representative, Luuk van Middelaar, today in Brussels, in the margins of the Summit, and presented him with the manifesto, which was  drawn up by the European Youth Council following its meeting in Bruges yesterday (17 October).

With regard to employment measures, the European Youth Council urges Europe’s leaders to take action by creating new mobility programmes for aspiring entrepreneurs and SMEs, as well as a comprehensive, EU-wide jobs database to enable young people to find jobs in other European countries. They also ask for more action to promote youth entrepreneurship, including a European venture capital fund within a public private partnership framework and comprehensive tax breaks for new companies. They also call for a phasing out of unpaid internships

Lastly, they lament the lack of vision in Europe’s policy towards its neighbours in the East and unwillingness to change in the Eastern neighbourhood countries, all of which hinders Europe’s development.

 

Notes for editors

  1. Link to manifesto
  2. FutureLab Europe is an initiative of the European Alliance for Democratic Citizenship operated by the European Policy Centre in Brussels.

 

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