Saving Europe's 'Lost Generation' - Organized by Friends of Europe & Debating Europe


FOLLOW LIVE the debate "Saving Europe's 'Lost Generation'"
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15 May - 9.00am - 1.00pm



With rising unemployment, especially among members of Europe's younger generation, there is a need to put the issue of skills and education high up on the agenda. Simultaneously, there are millions of unfilled jobs in Europe. This summit will bring together senior stakeholders for a lively debate on the future of Europe's employment and education policies. Sessions will address, amongst other topics, the skills mismatch, education systems and possible gaps, how entrepreneurship should be encouraged, what role for all stakeholders and what an EU-wide jobs strategy should look like.

Download the full programme, speaker bios and latest updates.

This summit will bring together a varied line-up of speakers, including young entrepreneurs and voices of youth from across Europe. The conference will include questions from young European citizens thanks to Debating Europe.

Ruairí Quinn, Irish Minister for Education and Skills
Péter "HP" Halácsy, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Prezi
-  Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education & Youth
Dimitris Tsigos, President of the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (YES) and European Young Leader: '40 under 40'
-  Mariana Câmpeanu, Romanian Minister for Labour, Family and Social Protection
Carmen Costea, Bucharest University Spiru Haret Vice Rector
Andrea Gerosa, Founder of ThinkYoung
Massimiliano Mascherini, Lead Researcher of the Eurofound report: "NEETs - Young people not in employment, education or training: Characteristics, costs and policy responses in Europe"
-  Ursula Renold, Head of the Comparative Education System Research Division at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Koos Richelle, European Commission Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Agnes Roman, ETUC Education Advisor
Stefano Scarpetta, Deputy Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD
Frank Vandenbroucke, Professor at the Research Centre of Public Economics at KU Leuven and Friends of Europe Trustee

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 from 09.00 to 13.00 CET in Brussels.

09.00 - 10.00  Skills shortages in a dwindling EU workforce
10.30 - 11.30   New policies today for the youth of tomorrow
12.00 - 13.00   Getting young people into jobs - What works best?

In the lead up to the event, Friends of Europe has published contributions on the summit topics from experts such as Tony Wagner, Harvard's first Innovation Education Fellow ("How do we educate students to be innovators?"), as well as other contributions from summit panellists.  You can find a full listing of their contributions here.


May 15, 2013 at 9:00am

Will you come?

"Your future is my future - a European Youth Guarantee now!"
The Party of European Socialists (PES), Young European Socialists (YES) and PES Women are running the campaign "Your future is my future" and calling for a European Youth Guarantee to tackle youth unemployment.

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