The Assembly of European Regions (AER) and European youth join forces in Paris to find new solutions
Paris (F), 11 December 2009
Over 100 young people from 53 regions and 26 countries have gathered in Paris for the third meeting of the Assembly of European Regions’ (AER) Youth Regional Network (YRN). During the two-day meeting hosted by Disneyland Paris, young representatives from regional youth organisations, councils and parliaments will be discussing the most crucial theme for young people today: “Youth employment in times of economic crisis”.
“As different statistics show, young people are the most affected by the economic crisis. At AER we want to transform this crisis into an opportunity for young people: new tools need to be developed at the regional level to assist them in professional training, and also to help them formulate their professional dreams! As a first step, we intend to launch an AER Young Entrepreneurs Prize”, said AER President Michèle Sabban.
“We, the young people of European regions, need to join forces and let our political representatives know our needs: this meeting is a real opportunity for us to find the best ideas and tools to bring back to our regions. We are a big resource for Europe and we can really give strong support for finding new ways to fight the crisis,” stressed Charlotte Kudé, YRN President and representative of the Ile-de-France (F) Youth Council.
“According to an AER survey, 70% of young people ask their regional authorities to support them in the school-to-work transition and fix the legal frames for equal opportunities in the search for a first job, while 62% said that education needs to adapt to the new demands of the labour market. We, as regional authorities, have the duty to respond to these demands and help young people find new ways for accessing jobs” Ms Sabban added.
Several guest speakers have joined the event to offer a vast range of perspectives on the topic and to inspire young people of European regions, including representatives of the EU’s “Youth in Action” programme, International Labour Organisation, European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (Partnership between CoE and EC), LOJIQ (Les Offices Jeunesses Internationaux du Québec), the European Parliament and the European Commission.
As a result of this international gathering, the YRN has launched a tool for the future: the AER Youth Peer Review on Youth Employment. The aim of this initiative is to develop a comprehensive peer review system for regional employment youth policies throughout Europe. Developed by AER, a “peer review” is a mentoring visit undertaken by a group of regional authorities to a host region, in order to identify current strengths and weaknesses in specific policy areas.
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