Tackling the youth unemployment challenge – EU/Japan symposium
EU News 342/2012
18 July 2012
A call for close cooperation between the EU and Japan on youth unemployment in the UN, ILO and OECD was issued by European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor at the opening of the 14th EU-Japan Symposium on Social and Employment issues in Tokyo today. He pointed out that unemployment in the EU keeps rising and particular for young people, with 22.4% of people under 25 unemployed on average across the EU - a rate more than twice as high as that for adults - and over 50% in Spain and Greece. Andor highlighted the measures taken by the Commission to tackle the issue and in particular to assist Member States with the highest youth unemployment rates. He announced his intention to issue a Youth Employment package by the end of the year, which will include initiatives on Youth Guarantees to help young people to get into the job market by smoothing the transition from school to work and a quality framework on traineeships. Commission Andor also discussed labour market challenges when he met Yoko Komiyama, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. See SPEECH/12/564 and MEMO/12/574 .
14th Japan-EU Symposium on Employment and Social Issues - Joint Press Statement
Ms Yoko Komiyama, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, and Mr László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, met in Tokyo in the margins of the 14th Japan-EU Symposium on Employment and Social issues, focusing on “Improving employability and labour market participation among young people”.
Minister Komiyama and Commissioner Andor exchanged views on the labour markets challenges that both sides face, reaffirming the value of continuing mutual learning among policy makers and social partners. The main points emerging from the exchange of views are summarized below.
1. Common Challenges
Both sides highlighted the continued impacts on the labour markets resulting from the economic crisis, and the need to continue their efforts to addressing longer term challenges such as population ageing in order to achieve sustainable growth and maintain inclusive social models.
2. Commonality in employment and social policies
With their exchange of views, including the discussion at the Symposium, both sides confirmed their common vision as regards approaches and measures in the fields of employment and social policies, while recognizing the need to tailor policies to national circumstances.
3. Reconfirmation of the value of mutual learning
Building on the pertinence and fruitful discussions of this round of the Japan-EU Symposium, both sides reaffirmed the importance of mutual learning between Japan and the European Union on employment and social issues as like-minded partners with shared values and common challenges, and renewed their willingness to further deepen the relationship for mutual learning among policy makers and social partners.
Photos by VJLUNA, EU, 2012