Creating quality jobs for young people: what, how and when?

Room JDE 63

Brussels, Belgium

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and the European Youth Forum (YFJ) will organise a joint event on youth employment on 25 and 26 June in the European Economic and Social Committee.

About 100 young participants from youth organisations and the trade union movement from all over Europe will gather to discuss quality jobs creation and to make concrete proposals for a better functioning of the current EU youth employment policies. This seminar will also take stock of the developments of youth employment in Europe since the Inter-Ministerial summits and high-level conferences held in Berlin, Paris and Rome in the last 3 years.

Keynote speakers from different European governing bodies (the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee) and EU Social Partners (ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE) will participate in this seminar.


25 June 2015

14:00 – 14:10 | Welcome from Johanna Nyman, President, European Youth Forum and Salvatore Marra, ETUC Youth President

14:10 – 14:20 | Introduction by George Dassis, President of the Workers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee

14:20-15:45 | Panel 1- Quality jobs for all

  • Moderator: Veronica Nilsson, Confederal Secretary, ETUC
  • Rapporteur: Tinkara Oblak, Board Member of the European Youth Forum
  • MEP Romana Tomc (EPP)
  • MEP Emilian Pavel (S&D)
  • MEP Ines Zuber (GUE)
  • Max Uebe, European Commission
  • Massimiliano Mascherini, EUROFOUND
  • Maxime Cerruti, BUSINESSEUROPE (tbc)
  • Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP (tbc)

What is a quality job? // Contractual arrangements, regulatory protection, working conditions, income;

EU measures // The Youth Guarantee, Quality Framework for Traineeships, Alliance for Apprenticeships, Long Term Unemployment, labour mobility

15:45-16:00 | Coffee Break

16:00–17:15 | Panel 2- Investing in job creation for youth

  • Moderator: Lora Lyubenova, Board Member of the European Youth Forum
  • Rapporteur: ETUC
  • MEP Ernest Urtasun (Greens)
  • MEP Tom Vandenkendelaere (EPP)
  • Azita Berar Awad, ILO
  • Silvia Ganzerla, Senior Policy Adviser, Eurocities
  • Zsolt Darvas, Senior Fellow, Bruegel
  • Peter Faross, Secretary General, UEAPME (tbc)

The Junker investment plan // Where are we now? How it can be used for quality job creation? How best to maximize its potential to create jobs for young people

Sustainable investment // Inclusive growth, the green economy, redistribution systems and fair taxation


  • Summary of discussion by the 2 rapporteurs
  • Concluding remarks by Johanna Nyman, YFJ and Salvatore Marra, ETUC


26 June 2015

09:30 | Welcome and introduction to the day, adoption of the agenda and minutes of the previous meeting

10:00 | Presentation of the European Economic and Social Committee

Initiatives on youth employment and future lines of collaboration

Georges Dassis, President of the group II of the EESC

  • Presentation
  • Debate

10:30 | Congress preparation

Luca Visentini, ETUC Confederal Secretary

  •  Presentation
  •  Debate

11:30 | Creation of more and better jobs for young people

Jozef Niemiec, ETUC Deputy General Secretary

European Youth Forum representative

  • Presentation
  • Debate

12:30 | Present and future Projects of the ETUC Youth Committee

13:00 | Lunch break

14:30 | ETUC Youth policy paper on youth employment in Europe

Margherita Bussi, Ignacio Doreste ETUI researcher / ETUC Youth coordinator

  • Presentation
  • Amendments and adoption

15:30 | European social dialogue: the new Work Programme of the European Social Partners, implementation of

Patrick Itschert, ETUC Deputy General Secretary

  • Presentation
  • Debate

Contributions from the YC members and the ETUC – Youth Secretariat

Any other business

17:00 | End of meeting



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