During the conference of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), from which I reported live, I had the pleasure to meet Allan PAi??ll, Secretary General of the European Youth Forum (YFJ). YFJ represents young Europeans who are active in structured youth organisations. The youth councils of the different member states are represented by the European Youth Forum in order to provide a clear vision of the youthai??i??s state and advocate for their needs.
One important aspect of promoting youth rights is publishing reports. The latest one from YFJ, which concentrates on social inclusion and young people, was presented at the OECD Forum 2016 in Paris.
After the presentation, Allan and I went for a walk in the park of the conference centre. Allan explained the importance of the report to me and we discussed its implementation.
According to the European Youth Forum, discrimination is one of the main issues that youth face, and it needs to be addressed. A European Youth Forum study shows 18.2% of youth between the ages of 18 and 24 felt that they had experienced age-based discrimination when looking for a remunerated job. This is an important figure, knowing that ai???Unemployment or total disengagement from the labour market in the first ten years of a young personai??i??s career means life time lower earnings. It is permanently scarring.ai???, as Catherine L. Mann, OECD chief economist, buy Revatio online, dapoxetine reviews. phrased it.
But letai??i??s have a look at how policy makers perceive the situation. During the same panel discussion in which Allan PAi??ll participated, Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, emphasised the role of non-formal education in youth policy. He affirmed that there is a clear skills mismatch in the EU economy. Navracsics therefore expressed the need for more quality and sustainable jobs. The European Commissionai??i??s agenda thus focuses on a flexible, targeted and sophisticated solution.
Tibor and Allan have different perspectives. One education based, the other one focusing on youth rights. But they do agree on one aspect of this discussion. Navracsis does not believe in a comprehensive (easy) solution. Nor does Allan: ai???You cannot have quick fixes in this kind of areaai???. However, Navracsics stressed the importance of flexibility in the labour market.
Not being able to imagine what ai???flexibilityai??? in the context of youth exactly means I asked Allan PAi??ll what he would do in order to tackle discrimination. ai???Well, we need to call it out. Thatai??i??s the first stepai??? voltaren diovan, voltaren diovan, voltaren diovan, voltaren diovan, voltaren diovan, voltaren diovan. , Allan replied. Other measures, as outlined in the report on social inclusion and youth, are designed to ensure that everyone has equal access to quality education, internships and apprenticeships, the creation of an EU Transition Fund, better coordination of social security systems in Europe, and generally higher investment in youth, in education, in social protection and in preventative approaches to poverty and healthcare.
He also warned of the negative consequences austerity has on the economy. ai???Ok, yes, we do have limited public resources, but we are not going to grow those resources by not investing in the economy.ai??? Itai??i??s not just the European Youth Forum which calls for greater investment in education. Allanai??i??s counterpart at the OECD, A?ngel GurrAi??a, recognizes the threat of not investing in youth as well: ai???Giving young people the skills and tools to find a job is not only good for their own prospects and self-esteem, it is also good for economic growth, social cohesion and widespread well-being. Thatai??i??s why investing in youth must be a policy priority the world over.ai???
It looks like there is some sort of consensus between the OECD and the European Youth Forum. However, since neither of them can take the decisions which have to be made I wanted to know how the YFJ would implement their report.
ai???So now what we need to do further is to go to decision makers and to show our point of view and to get them to listen to us. That is where we need to work with our network of member organisationsai???, Allan PAi??ll explained.
Since both the OECD and the European Youth Forum demand more investment in youth this can be seen as the right approach. Now itai??i??s time to act, or as Catherine L. Mann puts it: ai???Policymakers: Act now to keep promises.ai???