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Relaunching Europe Discussion - Jobs for Young People: Alternatives to Emigration

Date: 17 January 2014
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania, 17:30
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17 January, 2014 - Central Vilnius University Building, Theatre Hall, LITHUANIA


For its first event in 2014, Relaunching Europe is heading to Vilnius (Lithuania) to discuss one of Europe’s most pressing challenges: youth unemployment and the exodus of young people in search for job opportunities abroad.

Today, 5 million Europeans aged 15-24 are struggling to find a job. In some countries, the youth unemployment rate can reach up to 60%. In hope for a better future, many move to another EU state to find work causing a real brain drain in some countries like Lithuania, with long term effect on the national economy and development.

So how do we stop this brain drain? How can the state help young people find a job? Are mobility and emigration the only alternative? What’s the role of education? Are employees’ skills matching employers’ needs?

Join us and participate in the discussion with leading experts, academics, politicians and citizens just like you. The debate will be moderated by Edmundas JAKILAITIS .

We want to hear your views and ideas so make sure to join us in Vilnius or online!

Everybody is welcome! For organisation purposes, we kindly ask that you register for the event. If you want to join at the last minute, that’s not a problem either.

Guest speakers for the evening include:

  • Hannes SWOBODA // President, S&D Group

  • Algirdas BUTEVIČIUS // Prime Minister of Lithuania, Leader of the Lithuanian Socialdemocratic Party

  • Vilija BLINKEVIČIŪTĖ // Member of the European Parliament

  • DANAS ARLAUSKAS // President, Lithuanian Business Employer Confederation

  • Boguslavas GRUŽEVSKIS // Director, Institute of Labour and Social Research

  • Mirosław KRZANIK // Board Member at European Youth Forum

  • Claus LARSEN-JENSEN // Director, Forum for International Cooperation FIC

  • Marlene MIZZI // Member of the European Parliament

  • Rimantas VAITKUS // Vice-Minister for Education and Science in Lithuania (tbc)

More speakers to be announced soon. 

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