MEPs back youth guarantee schemes

177bfb0b-42b7-ebd4-353e-760c0ebb352cPlans for “youth guarantee” schemes to ensure that all young people get a job, education or internship offer after four months’ unemployment, were agreed in the European Parliament today.

In Strasbourg, MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of new plans to help young people, urging employment ministers in the member states to agree to introduce the schemes in all member states.

Tory & UKIP MEPs were amongst the very few to oppose the action to help the young unemployed.

Glenis Willmott, Labour’s Leader in the European Parliament, said:  “In Britain, there are a million young people who are unemployed.  Across Europe, it is over five million.  This is devastating for the young people themselves, but also a huge waste for our economy, with potentially disastrous implications for the future.”

“Labour MEPs and our colleagues in Europe have been campaigning for youth guarantee schemes for some considerable time now, and I’m delighted that a majority in the Parliament have supported us today.  The European Commission has also agreed that this is the way forward.”

“It’s now up to the governments; the UK Employment Minister and his counterparts from the other 26 member states will meet in February.   Young people will expect action from them.”

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