EP takes further step in fight against youth unemployment under lead of EPP Group

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“When Parliament puts its foot on the accelerator, things move forward! European pre-financing should increase from 1% to 30% for projects that create jobs for young people in the most affected regions. Every second counts in reducing unemployment which affects them!”, said Elisabeth Morin-Chartier MEP, following the adoption of her Report on the increase of pre-financing of the Initiative for Youth Employment in the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.

“I am very proud to have gathered such a large majority for this Report. In the EPP Group, our goal was simple: to allow greater European pre-financing of field projects to fight against youth unemployment. Too many projects are blocked by Member States due to lack of funding", said the MEP.

Morin-Chartier continued: "By voting in favour of the increase in pre-financing from 1% to 30%, the European Parliament is stepping up to the catastrophic situation of youth unemployment in Europe. We are in a race against time: more than 7 million European young people between 15 and 24 are unemployed. This is unacceptable!"

"I am actively preparing the plenary vote. My challenge is twofold: build a larger majority and in record time. Member States must act now because young people have waited too long. It is my responsibility, and that of the EPP Group, to make things move swiftly in the European Parliament. Europe will not let the young down. When Europe wants something, Europe can do it!", she concluded.

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