“Make Youth Unemployment A Priority” – says Lib Dem MEP

Rebecca Taylor, Lib Dem MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, spoke out today on the need for more action to help tackle youth unemployment.  Speaking at an event in the European Parliament, Ms Taylor outlined what is already being done to help young people get into work – as well as what else should be done.

The European Youth Forum event saw a number of young people from across Europe gather to discuss their priorities in the run up to next year’s elections.  Others involved in the debate included  Doris Pack – Chair of European Parliament’s Culture and Education committee and Jo Leinen, President of the European Movement International.  Rebecca Taylor takes a keen interest in issues affecting young people and is a Vice President of the European Parliament’s Youth Intergroup.

Speaking after the event Rebecca Taylor said,

“Getting young people into work is crucial not just for the individual concerned but the economy too.  I am pleased today’s event was able to explore so many ideas that can really help the future generation of workers.  I know from meeting many young people across the Yorkshire and the Humber area that they are keen to get into work.  There are many ways the EU can help, not least by providing funding for training and work-place apprenticeships.”

Rebecca Taylor is also keen to see European countries learning from each other to tackle youth unemployment –

“There are many good ideas out there.  Countries need to learn from each other to get the best for their area.  Meeting at EU level, such as the event I took part in, and engaging with youth groups like the European Youth Forum are great ways of spreading the best practice that is out there.”

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