The first session on Saturday was devoted to the topic of employment within the European Union. The presentation was titled ‘(Un)employment in EU: EU strategies, policies and platforms for youth employment and youth entrepreneurship’. The trainer provided a global socio-political and economic context for the financial crisis from 2008, stressing it as the key event for the further issues which appeared as specific consequences. Particular up-to-date data was presented supporting these claims.
Moreover, the presentation’s focus was put on the pivotal role of the EU regarding the issue of unemployment, youth unemployment and social exclusion. In this manner, it was emphasized that ‘for united approach, cooperation and coordination between all countries is necessary in order to prevent future crises and ensure smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’. More precisely, the Europe 2020 strategy was discussed in detail, with regards to the five main headlines which are to be achieved within the project’s timeframe, namely, 1) employment; 2) research and development; 3) climate/energy; 4) education; 5) social inclusion and poverty reduction.
Additionally, three other EU strategies were presented, with the Erasmus+ as a specific umbrella for coordination over the specific projects. Firstly, the Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) was discussed as ‘a forum for exchanges of best practices, mutual learning, gathering and dissemination of information and evidence of what works, as well as advice and support for policy reforms’. Secondly, the Renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018) was presented through its two main objectives: providing more and equal opportunities for the young people and to encourage young people to actively participate in the society. Lastly, The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan was approached as ‘a blueprint for action to unleash Europe’s entrepreneurial potential, remove existing obstacles and revolutionize the culture of entrepreneurship in the EU’.
– Naum, Macedonia