December 6, 2016
By 2020 the European Union will have 800.000 vacant jobs in the digital sector. This is the consequence of rapid changes that the digital technology makes to the labour market. These changes have direct effects on people – in particular students and job seekers – who have troubles to find a position because of their lack of skills.
You can think that this is not a news and actually you are right: the European People Party was speaking about this in July 2015 – more than a year ago.
So why am I writing about this? I am writing this article because the EPP answer is incomplete: it focuses too much on the Member States and not enough the civil society.
Youth organisations at every level – local, national and European – have an important and effective role in changing the society and should have been considered more by the political system.
These organisation already have seen the problem and they are coming up with possible solutions, such as the event called “European Parliament Debate: How Youth Organisations Can Have Direct Impact on the EU Policy Process” arranged by the United Nations Student Association Spain (UNSA Spain) and the European Student Think Tank in the European Parliament on Monday 12 December 2016.
UNSA Spain is a Spanish network of youth organisations engaged in the promotion of the UN’s values with the intention to align our work with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The European Student Think Tank is an international NGO that focus on the involvement of young Europeans in the European policy-making process.
Their event in the European Parliament aims to bring together decision makers and youth organisations to solve the lack of communication between them, find the challenges on both parts, and allow the youth organisations to figure out the best actions to support those policies.
This is an example on what can be done for making youth policies more effective and bring positive effects directly to the citizens. This is what every effectual and competent organisation should do.carlopeano