Setting Greece on the right track – Giving voices to young, proactive Greeks

The group with Grigoris Delavekouras, Greek Consul General to Germany

Contrary to what Antonio Samaras keeps assuring, not everything is going well in Greece. As a matter of fact, a lot of things are going quite wrong. In a country where the youth unemployment rate has reached a dismaying 66%, it is only with sarcasm that one can refer to the overall situation as a “success story”.

Giving a voice to those young Greeks who normally remain unheard was the motivation for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) to organize a dialogue programme for Greek youth activists in the cities of Nuremberg, Cologne and Düsseldorf. Six young people from Athens, Thessaloniki and Samos took part in it, each of them with a stirring life story and the drive to change their country as well as their personal lives for the better.

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Upcoming event: Liberal Breakfast “To work or not to work – Tackling youth unemployment”

Youth unemployment rates EU-27 and EA-17 (Source: Eurostat)
Youth unemployment rates EU-27 and EA-17
(Source: Eurostat)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013
8.00 – 9.30h

Youth unemployment rates are at crisis levels across a number of EU member states. Across the EU they have reached an average of 23% and are as high as 59% in some member states. The unemployment crisis in Europe has hit young people the hardest.

The European Commission as part of the Europe 2020 Strategy for Growth has called on all member states to draw up national plans to combat youth joblessness. In January 2012, José Manuel Barroso called for specific policies to be put in place by EU member states to tackle youth unemployment along with providing increased support for small and medium-sized enterprises. Eight action teams have been sent out to the member states with the most pressing need.

What measures have been taken? What more could be done? Join our discussion with Dr Sabine Hepperle, Director EU Office of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and  Slaven Klobucar, Secretary General of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC).

For more information and to register, click here.