|Consultation:||FYEG General Assembly 2017|
|Agenda item:||3. Resolutions|
|Proposer:||Red Equo Joven (decided on: 04/27/2017)|
A Brighter Future for Southern Youth
In order to enter the European Economic Community, countries willing to be
Member States had to conduct an industrial restructuring during the eighties to
achieve the compliance with the European requirements. Thereby,, the productive
system of countries such as Spain,, became seriously diminished and oriented
toward the service sector. Nevertheless, the entry into the Monetary Union and
the construction sector speculation during the conservatives’ government allowed
Spain to grow at a great rate defined by low skilled employment, bank credits,
large infrastructure investment, etc.
Following the outbreak of the financial global crisis in 2008, the EU was
dragged into an unprecedented debt crisis. Southern countries, which had not had
the chance to build their economic system organically, were especially touched,
as the sectors they had been relying on collapsedFrom EU, neoliberals have
imposed their austerity dogma and the deficit control above the rights of all
European citizens. It is these austerity policies that are hindering the
economic crisis since 2012, blocking public investment and not fighting tax
Southern European youth faces now another paradox: thousands of highly-educated
youngs are left unemployed or have to turn to low-skill jobs, that are poorly
paid and unstable. This leaves little options for a full professional career,
and new economic migration trends are emerging within European countries. And
not only that, more and more youngs are in risk of poverty or cannot become
independent from their parents
Despite recurring calls for more R+D investment and concerns about the lack of
STEM graduates, in Spain and other countries, the situation is dramatic, with
thousands of Spanish researchers having to leave the country in the seek of
Therefore, the FYEG urges the European Union to undertake actions addressing the
job insecurity of Spanish and other Southern European youth, acting on:
- The revitalisation of unions, encouraging workers to participate and
organise themselves to protect their interests and rights.
- The compulsory payment of internships in all the member states, so the
abuse by companies can be stopped.
- The establishment of labour reforms that protect workers’ interests,
facilitating the young people entrance to the labour market while
protecting the older people, also in a precarious conditions if they are
fired before reaching the retirement age.
- The restoration of the quality, universal and free education system.
- The promotion of a dual system: to place value on the professional
training option, not only the universitary one.
We, Federation of Young European Greens, demand for:
6. The safeguard an education system that is accessible, universal and offers
quality instruction in all Member States.
7. We urge all providers of internships and apprenticeships to commit a quality
code of conduct and clear quality guidelines for young Europeans for a better
implementation of quality internships. We advocate for paying interns an
appropriate salary. Furthermore we urge to the European Commission to implement
European Quality Charter for Internships and Apprenticeships.
8. To secure investments in research and development (R&D) for job creation and
finding solutions to societal challenges such as climate change and clean
energy, security and active and healthy ageing.
9. The end of austerity policies and combat tax evasion.
The main challenge we face as youngs living in Spain is the lack of prospects about our professional future, as well as the risk of poverty and precarity. Although it is far more extended in Spain, where unemployment is skyrocketing, we believe that this is an European issue. Other Southern countries also have the same problem, which is rooted in the lack of a social perspective in the European Union and the prevailing of neoliberal interests over the people's needs.
- C6-001 (RED EQUO JOVEN (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C6-027 (Les Jeunes Écologistes (France (decided on: 05/23/2017), Submitted)
- C6-027-2 (Les Jeunes Écologistes (decided on: 05/23/2017), Submitted)
- C6-020 (Joves d'Esquerra Verda (decided on: 05/23/2017), Submitted)
- C6-053 (Dei Jonk Greng (decided on: 05/25/2017), Submitted)
- C6-027-3 (DWARS Groenlinkse Jongeren (decided on: 05/25/2017), Submitted)
- C6-027-4 (DWARS Groenlinkse Jongeren (decided on: 05/25/2017), Submitted)