On Tuesday 9th June, the commissioner on Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility Marianne Thyssen released a statement on policy orientation for a Social Europe pointing out the willingness of the European Commission on “taking the social dimension on board of all its policies”.
This willingness is encompassed with the intention of establishing “minimum standards, expressed in benchmarks” covering aspects such as the duration and level of unemployment benefits, minimum income or access to child care or basic health care. AEGEE-Europe as a student organization that is aware of the critical situation that many young Europeans are living due to the high rates of unemployment and lack of social support from governments, welcomes the renewed intention of the European Commission of taking actions to “deliver good and decent jobs” to the European citizens. In this sense, AEGEE encourages the European Commission to act fast in the direction of setting minimum standards for employment taking into consideration the opinion of young people as a part of society that is especially suffering the consequences of the actual precarious employment framework. Written by Pablo Hernández, Policy Officer on Youth Employment of AEGEE-Europe