Implementation report on the EU youth strategy

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A8-0162/2018 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial - Am 1

Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 92 0 20 23 30 9 6 1 3 0 0
Against 513 58 31 2 2 35 7 175 162 41 0
Abstain 18 1 1 12 0 0 3 1 0 0 0

A8-0162/2018 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial - § 29

Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 481 57 15 1 0 39 3 161 163 42 0
Against 116 1 24 34 31 4 10 11 1 0 0
Abstain 30 1 16 2 1 1 3 4 2 0 0

A8-0162/2018 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial - Am 2

Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 64 0 27 19 14 0 3 0 1 0 0
Against 533 58 25 13 0 44 10 176 165 42 0
Abstain 31 1 2 5 16 0 4 3 0 0 0

A8-0162/2018 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial - § 62

Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 506 58 15 12 0 44 4 166 164 43 0
Against 113 0 36 23 30 0 13 11 0 0 0
Abstain 9 0 4 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0

A8-0162/2018 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial - Résolution

Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 466 58 4 13 4 26 3 150 165 43 0
Against 53 1 7 18 11 4 9 3 0 0 0
Abstain 110 0 44 6 17 14 5 24 0 0 0
192 2017/2259(INI) Implementation report on the EU youth strategy
2018/03/07 CULT 192 amendments...
source: PE-619.165


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    • The European Parliament adopted by 466 votes to 53, with 110 abstentions, a resolution on the implementation of the European Union's youth strategy.

      Long-term austerity measures, including budget cuts in education, culture and youth policies, have had a negative impact on the situation of young people. Young people, especially the most disadvantaged, are greatly affected by rising inequality, the risk of exclusion, insecurity and discrimination.

      The open method of coordination (OMC) is an appropriate but still insufficient means of developing youth policies. This is why it is important to complement it with other measures that are better coordinated and better targeted.

      Giving a voice to young people in the EYS: Parliament recommended that the future EYS should be participatory and centred around young people.

      The EU should express solidarity with young people and continue to empower them to participate in society by developing specific measures and developing new tools – especially those involving new technologies – and promoting exchanges based on solidarity, community engagement, free space and democratic dialogue.

      In this regard, Members stressed the importance of non-formal and informal learning, as well as participation in sport and volunteering activities, in stimulating the development of civic, social and intercultural competences and skills among young Europeans.

      Young people, especially young people with fewer opportunities, should be able to play an active role in public life and participate in decision-making processes at EU level. In parallel, social partners, civil society organisations and the education sector should be widely consulted.

      Furthermore, Member States should encourage the participation of national, regional and local decision-makers in the structured dialogue with young people. The latter should systematically reach an increasing and diversified number of categories of young people, and sufficient financial support should be provided to national and European working groups for this purpose.

      Equal opportunities for securing sustainable inclusion in the labour market: in view of the persistent high youth unemployment rates throughout the Union, Parliament recalled that employment and the creation of quality jobs should be guaranteed and remain among the key commitments towards young people. In this regard, it called for measures to facilitate the transition of young people from education to work by ensuring quality internships and apprenticeships.

      The Commission and the Member States should:

      • promote structural reforms of the labour market as well as fair working conditions and pay;
      • encourage cross-border professional and vocational opportunities, to expand and increase investment in the VET sector;
      • support regional and local authorities and to invest in new life opportunities for young people, to support youth entrepreneurship and to foster the social inclusion of young people for the benefit of their communities;
      • supervise establishments that repeatedly offer consecutive internships without following them up with jobs;
      • establish innovative and flexible grants for nurturing talent and artistic and sporting ability in the field of education and training.

      Measures should be taken to integrate young migrants into the labour market with full respect for the principle of equal treatment.

      Members welcomed the fact that the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) measures have supported more than 1.6 million young people. More effort and financial commitments are necessary. Parliament stressed the need to improve the awareness of young people who are not working, studying or training, as well as the quality of youth guarantee offers, by setting clear quality criteria and standards, including access to social protection, minimum income and employment rights.

      Sustainable development: the future of youth: Members considered that access to quality education at all levels should be guaranteed for all Europeans. Furthermore, the inclusion of new skills and competences in education - such as citizenship, critical thinking and entrepreneurship - should be encouraged.

      Deeply concerned at the particularly acute problem of child poverty, which affects up to 25 million children in the EU, Members stated that youth policies could contribute to areas like child and family policy. Solutions should also be adopted to address the phenomenon of early school leaving.

      The Commission and the Member States are invited to:

      • support initiatives which aim to foster active and critical citizenship, respect, tolerance, values and intercultural learning;
      • encourage initiatives with formal education and informal learning to support young people’s innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship and to promote cohesion and understanding between young people of different groups;
      • take measures to stop cyberbullying;
      • invest in mental health programmes and encourage relevant actors to help young people who suffer the adverse effects of stress on their well-being, whether at school, in training or in the labour market;
      • promote sports activities in extracurricular programmes and raise awareness among young people through nutrition campaigns;
      • promote intercultural dialogue in sport, in particular through the creation of platforms involving young people, refugees and migrants.

      Stronger alignment and support from funding instruments: the EU Youth Strategy should follow the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and comply with the sustainable development goals and all relevant flagship programmes and policy strategies, setting up systematic dialogue between the respective bodies concerned, defining clear goals and targets and establishing a relevant coordination mechanism.

      Members also called for a significant increase in the YEI allocation under the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) and on the Member States to make provisions for youth employment schemes in their national budgets Lastly, they underlined the need to extend the eligible age limit from 25 to 29.

      Lastly, Parliament reiterated its position to finance the establishment of the European Solidarity Corps from new resources.

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