Project “Pro Juvenes – trans-national partnership for an inclusive labour market for youth” – Press release

 

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Bucharest, 18th December 2014

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Opening Conference of the Project

“Pro Juvenes – trans-national partnership for an inclusive labour market for youth”

 

The Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly – Social Dialogue Department is launching the project “Pro Juvenes – trans-national partnership for an inclusive labour market for youth”, project co-funded by the European Social Found through the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013, Investing in people!

The opening conference of the project took place on Wednesday, 17th December 2014, from 09.30 to 15.00, at Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel, Regina Maria conference room.

The event benefited of the presence of Angelica Sabiescu (Project Manager Pro Juvenes), Aurelia Cristea (Minister Delegate for Social Dialogue MMFPSPV), Liviu Pop (Minister Delegate for Social Dialogue MMFPSPV) Alexandra Braica (MMFPSPV State Secretary), Ion Popescu (President CSN Meridian), Stefan Varfalvi (Vicepresident UGIR), Ioana Mănăilă (President Organization AUR), Iris Alexe (President Novapolis Association) who provided more information and answered all the questions.

The general objective of the project is to strengthen policies and practices related to employment and network development at European level as well as strengthen the labour market actors’ capacity (trade unions and employers’ organizations, public authorities, non-governmental organizations) to get actively involved in promoting employment and social inclusion of young people by implementing policies aimed at their employment – the volunteering law, the internship law, the apprenticeship law etc.

The target group of the project is represented by 210 persons acting within the trans-national partnership members’ personnel. The target group will participate to all the activities to be developed within the project and will be involvedin running the 51 partnerships concluded between the project partners and similar organizations in EU countries in order to develop an inclusive labor market for young people.

The project is implemented by The Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly – Social Dialogue Department in partnership with: AUR- National Association of Human Resources Specialists – Partner 1, Novapolis Association – Center for Analysis and Development Initiatives – Partner 2, National Trade Union Confederation Meridian – Partner 3, the General Confederation of Romanian Industrial Employers – Partner 4, for a period of 12 monthsand has a total eligible value of 10,988,390 lei, out of which 75% is represented by the grant awarded by the European Social Fund.

The main outcomes of the project include:

  • 51 trans-national partnerships concluded at European level;
  • Developing 3 thematic European and national networks in the field of human resources and social inclusion.
  • Realizing 16 exchange and transfer of best practice from European Union countries that have a positive history in the development of inclusive labor markets;
  • Elaborating 6 comparative studies at European level related to social inclusion and Youth integration on the labour market;
  • Organizing 2 thematic conferences, 8 seminars and 9 working groups to develop ideas and solutions for human resources development, social inclusion and employability of young people.

 

For further information and details:

  • Angelica Sabiescu, Project Manager, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly – Social Dialogue Department

Telephone: 021.319.25.84, e-mail: dialogsocial@mmuncii.ro

  • Alexe Narcisa, Communication and events organizing Expert, P2 – Novapolis Association – Center for Analysis and Development Initiatives
  • Telephone: 0766 304 610, e-mail: asociatianovapolis@gmail.com

 

 

***Youth unemployment is one of the main problems in the European Union. Statistics show that more than 5,5 million young people under 25 years old in the EU are unemployed. In Romania, over 94,000 young people under 25 years old that have a college degree are unemployed, according to the latest data provided by the National Statistical Institute in 2014. The situation is also alarming among high school graduates. Only in July 2014 in the records of the National Agency for Employment 32,312 graduates were enrolled, out of which 29,216 high school graduates. Recently the Minister of Labour declared that Romania ranks last in the EU in the “Youth Employment”. Lack of information is one of the main causes of youth vacancy.