Europe’s future is facing a crisis: over 5 million young people are unemployed. Scotland’s senior MEP, David Martin, welcomes an opportunity for job creation in Southwest Scotland and plans to vote in favour of a funding package to help create new jobs for those aged 16 to 25 years old.
Speaking from Strasbourg Mr Martin said: “It is completely unacceptable that 743,000 people aged 16-24 years old are unemployed in the UK. Surely Britain can do better than this for our young people”.
The vote will take place later today (Wednesday 29 April, 2015) and is for an amendment to the European Social Fund which would allow for an increase in pre-financing as part of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). This could mean that previously agreed funding could be accessed at the beginning of a scheme to allow for quick implementation. Labour MEPs have led the campaign to create the YEI, which is available in regions where youth unemployment is over 24%. Regrettably the Southwest of Scotland is one of the six areas in the UK that meets this grim statistic.
The European Commission encourages Member States to use this funding to provide a Youth Guarantee, ensuring under 25s, who have been unemployed, are offered a good quality job, continued education, an apprenticeship or further training.