Opinion factsheet

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    Investing in Europe's youth and the European Solidarity Corps

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    : CDR 851/2017
    : GRZYBOWSKI, Paweł
    : ECR (European Conservatives and Reformists Group)
    : SEDEC
    : Adopted
    : 11/05/2017
    It is crucial to involve LRAs and the private sector to ensure young people's integration into the labour market.
    Reform of education systems in order to match young people’s skills to the needs of the labour market.
    It suggests measures in order to help the effective realisation of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) (Cutting red tape, assurance of participation of all young people regardless of their social situation and background and cooperation with other already existing voluntary and youth organisations in order to avoid overlaps.)
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    THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



    - underlines that despite efforts to reduce youth unemployment, this problem continues to not only represent a major socioeconomic challenge but also undermine fairness, equality and solidarity, which underpin the European project;

    - emphasises the importance of the involvement of local and regional authorities, as well as other actors, including the private sector and third-sector bodies, for the delivery of measures to ensure young people's integration into the labour market;

    - it is particularly troubling that very many young people's education does not correspond to the challenges of the contemporary labour market and that there is insufficient support for developing entrepreneurial projects, innovation and research, as changes made to Member States' education systems are not keeping up with dynamic economic and social developments;

    - welcomes the scope of the measures carried out under the Youth Employment Initiative, the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. Expects that the upcoming revision of the MFF will continue paying due attention beyond 2020 to the EU's multiple social challenges, including education, youth employment and social inclusion;

    - points out that strengthening the role of higher education establishments and tertiary sector bodies (which are directly responsible for implementing this programme) must be one of the ways to enhance the impact of mobility and (formal and informal) training instruments under ERASMUS+;

    - draws attention to the need to promote the European Solidarity Corps by putting in place an administrative system that would simplify participation in volunteering activities, both for participants and for civil society organisations;

    - welcomes the emphasis on the benefits of interregional and cross-border cooperation, but underlines that the ESC must also focus on local volunteering.

    - stresses that the ESC's activities need to be designed so as to enable the existing potential of youth organisations in Europe, and the voluntary work they carry out, to be harnessed.

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2017
 

Legislative proposal on the ESC

The European Commission published the legislative proposal on the European Solidarity Corps (COM (2017) 262 final).

 
30 May
 

Nomination of EP rapporteur

CULT Committee appointed Helga Trüpel (Greens/EA) as rapporteur of the ESC file.

 
30 May
 

#YouthUP Gala

The rapporteur represented the CoR at the #YouthUP Gala, one of the flagship events of the Euopean Youth Forum.

 
20 Apr
 

European Solidarity Corps Stakeholder Forum

The rapporteur took part in the European Solidarity Corps Stakeholder Forum.

 
12 Apr
 

EP Resolution

EP Resolution passed on 6 April 2017 on the European Solidarity Corps.

 
06 Apr
 

Council Conclusions

EYCS Council adopted conclusions on Investing in Europe's Youth, focusing on the European Solidarity Corps.

 
17 Feb
 

Rapporteur's meeting

The rapporteur met Max Uebe and Anita Vella, Head and Deputy Heads of Unit of Employment Strategy of DG EMPL.

 
16 Feb
 

Stakeholder consultation

The rapporteur held a consultation with various stakeholders and representatives of regional offices in order to feed the opinion with their views.

 
16 Feb
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