Relaunching Europe in Vilnius - Jobs for young people: Alternatives to emigration

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.

See the full programme of the evening

Practical details

“Jobs for young people: Alternatives to emigration”
17 January 2014 at 17:30 Eastern European Time (doors open at 16:30)
Central Vilnius University Building, Theatre Hall

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
Nicolas SCHMIT // Chair of the PES Social and Employment Minister network
Mirosław KRZANIK // Board Member at European Youth Forum
Marlene MIZZI // Member of the European Parliament
Goda NEVERAUSKAITĖ // Lithuanian ETUC Youth representative
Rimantas VAITKUS // Vice-Minister for Education and Science in Lithuania
Dijana DIX OMERBASIC // Project Manager, Forum for International Cooperation
Boguslavas GRUŽEVSKIS // Director, Institute of Labour and Social Research
Danas ARLAUSKAS // President of the Lithuanian Business Employer Confederation

and YOU!

The event will also be video broadcasted live on the Relaunching Europe website. If you can’t make it to Vilnius, you will still be able to participate live and voice your comments and questions via Twitter (#RelaunchEU) and Facebook.
The debate is already starting online

Relaunching Europe is all about you! Ahead of the debate, you can submit questions through our Relaunching Europe Facebook page or on Twitter @TheProgressives using #RelaunchEU.

We look forward to having you join the discussion!

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Programme : Jobs for young people: Alternatives to emigration