Articles in the My Europe Category
Due to the global economical crisis the youth unemployment rate in Europe over the last years peeks historically high. Special care is taken of the youth unemployment rate, which is generally higher. In 2010, with the rate for the EU at 20.9 %, more than one on five young Europeans was not employed, but looking and available for a job.
2011 was declared as the European Year of the volunteer and therefore among others lately a lot of attention is given to the European Voluntary Service-program (EVS) from the European Commission. EVS is getting more and more known and strives to give youngsters the chance to develop themselves personally and professionally by volunteering abroad. Mostly participants in voluntary projects are well-educated and have a good socio-economical situation. What about those who are not?
They call themselves « schools » but they don’t look anything like. France’s sixty «Second Chance Schools » offer several months’ training to unemployed young people from ages 18 to 30 who have no qualifications. The origins of these unusual centers of training lie in a European initiative, driven forward by the French Edith Cresson.
As set up by the French government in 2006, the volunteer civil service might well become compulsory. But many people speak up denouncing a political takeover of this scheme and a massive way of precariousness for young people. This is where things stand in a debate opened about fifteen years ago and which is likely to start again.
2011 is the Year of Volunteering for the European Commission. But what really means to be volunteer? At least, in English there are two different definitions for the same term. The first stands for someone who gives his free time for an non-lucrative project or the public interest. The second one is a legal status for a limited time of work, not for free, not fully paid… On this dossier, we try to define more precisely what volunteering could bring to young Europeans