In the eyes of European citizens and especially young people, Europe is becoming to appear less and less as a solution, and increasingly as a problem. Between 2008 and 2010, the total number of unemployed youth in the EU (under twenty-five years) has increased by one million, making it one of the groups hardest hit by the economic crisis: their unemployment rate has now increased to over 20%, and it peaks at over 40% in some Member States.
The isolationism and protectionism are current threats. Faced with the loss of identity and values, Europe does not find the answers to the height of local and global issues.
The Europe of Jean Monnet evoked dreams of generations as well for those in the West, scarred by the memory of the world wars, as for those in the East who were deprived of personal liberties. Today, our Europe lacks leadership able to reignite the march towards progress for generations. It is up to civil society to take its destiny in its own hands!
What needs to be done to give young Europeans the best tools and assets to succeed in life?
Does intergenerational solidarity need to be put in motion to restore meaning to collective action?
How can the European Economic and Social Committee, which represents the aspirations of civil society, contribute to this momentum?
Yves Fouchet, President of the CRCI Ile de France and the CCI of Versailles Val d'Oise / Yvelines, Peter Clever, Vice President of the Employers' Group, Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, Member of the Employers' Group, Sophie Charlotte Forcioli, 23, student in political sociology, Yu Luo, 23, student at HEC, Alice Bruey, 25, graduated from ISIPCA, food flavor scientist at METARON
16.30 Coffee Break
17.00 Ensuring generational change within companies
Sylvia Gauci, Executive Secretary of the Malta Council for economic and social development, Lexxus Borovenkis, 30, founder of a marketing and communications company, Lia Bonnemain, 23, president of PEJ France (The European Youth Parliament) Claire Guichet, 24, representative of General Federation of Students (FAGE) in the EESC France.
17.45 Concluding debate: How to make the corporate world attractive to young people?
Christophe Praud, President of the Center of Young Leaders (CJD),Victoria Petrova, Head of Unit, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission, Jacek Krawczyk, EESC Vice-President, Vladimira Drbalova, Member of the Employers' Group