On behalf of the PES Group, Mercedes Bresso, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, and Henning Jensen, Town Councillor of the municipality of Næstved (Denmark), took yesterday part in a broadcasted political debate with Joseph Muscat, Leader of the Malta Labour Party and former MEP, running as candidate for Prime Minister in the upcoming general elections to be held on 9 March. The debate focused on the Labour Party's political priorities with European relevance.
Mercedes Bresso warmly welcomed the Labour Party's focus on education as key to addressing the economic and social consequences of the crisis, and their pledge to introduce a youth guarantee for all young people over 16, ensuring that they would be offered studying, training or employment opportunities.
"Regions and cities are faced with growing rates of youth unemployment in many parts of the EU", she emphasised. "We therefore need a swift implementation of youth guarantees in all Member States and commitment to properly invest in youth", she stressed, reminding the crucial role of the Party of European Socialists (PES) in putting a Europe-wide youth guarantee on top of the the EU political agenda.
Henning Jensen also welcomed the Energy Roadmap launched in mid-January by the Malta Labour Party, outlining the importance of Malta's transition to a more sustainable energy.