S&D Group: "We need equal opportunities for young people in Hungary – not conditions which force them to leave"
At another of its Relaunching Europe events yesterday in Szeged, Hungary, the S&D Group discussed the topic: 'A brighter future for young Hungarians: education and jobs for the next generation'.
Speaking in Szeged, S&D Group President, Hannes Swoboda, said:
"The Hungarian population has huge potential, especially its younger generation. At the moment 30.5% of young people are without a job in Hungary. This figure is unacceptable and that is why we call on the Hungarian government to take immediate action to invest in their young people.
"The Hungarian government promotes a society which is backward-looking. We need a future-oriented Hungary and not a nationalist government which is only interested in the past.
"Hungary needs a government that fights unemployment and offers real job opportunities for its people.
"Let us fight together for a more just Europe, in which people have real chances. Investment in training and education is key. Reducing wages is not the answer and will lead to ever-greater poverty. We need to focus on social rights and invest in people, offering more education and training.
"We can not allow ourselves to stand still, either in Hungary or in Europe. We have to remain competitive and transform our economies into modern economies – based on strong foundations of social justice."
Csaba Tabajdi, head of the Hungarian delegation in the S&D Group said:
"We must create chances for all, regardless of their financial background. It is our task to make sure that young people in particular can live up to their full potential.
"We have seen so many young Hungarians leaving our country in recent years. Letting these people leave cannot be our solution. We have to create equal opportunities for all in our country so that they do not need to leave and others start to return."
The Relaunching Europe initiative, launched by the S&D Group in 2012, aims at entering into a dialogue with citizens and journalists all over Europe about the future of the EU. To read more on the initiative, please see: www.relaunchingeurope.eu