Fearon welcomes EU move on ‘Youth Jobs Guarantee’

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Friday, September 14th, 2012
Newry Armagh Sinn Féin MLA, Megan Fearon has emphasised the urgent need to tackle youth unemployment and has welcomed MEP Martina Anderson’s confirmation that the EU Commission will shortly recommend the creation of a ‘Youth Jobs Guarantee’. Miss Fearon, Sinn Féin’s Youth Spokesperson, said, “I welcome confirmation from my colleague Martina Anderson that the EU Commission will present a recommendation in December urging that the European Social Fund be used by domestic governments to support youth employment initiatives. “There are more than 5 million young people across the EU not able to find work. The confirmation won by Martina Anderson is of great importance as it clears the way for the possible use of the European Social Fund to support programmes aimed at tackling this problem.” Fearon continued, “The global economic downturn and crisis in capitalism has meant that young workers can often only access precarious, temporary jobs or traineeships which offer little real prospect of career progression.” “Many young people now see emigration as the only option open to them so we must ensure that deliberate and determined interventions are put in place to give young people choices. “In light of the commitment received by Martina Anderson MEP, I would urge DEL Minister, Stephen Farry to ensure that his Department is fully prepared to take advantage of these proposals as soon as they are finalised,” she added.  
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