European Union – Opening by Harlem Désir of the Conference on Youth Employment in Europe (Paris, December 16, 2015)


Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, opened at the Paris Labor Exchange (Bourse du Travail) the Conference on Youth Employment, the theme of which is “Can Europe help? Young people from Sarcelles and Bondy have their say.” This conference was organized by “Confrontations Europe” and allowed young people from these two towns to present their ideas about training, employment and mobility in Europe.

Harlem Désir reaffirmed France’s priorities for young people in Europe: promoting youth mobility, bringing them closer to businesses, enhancing all skills and promoting promising sectors, such as the digital sector. He notably underscored the importance of initiatives to which France has made a commitment, such as the “Youth Guarantee” scheme which could benefit 100,000 young people by 2017 and Erasmus +.

Harlem Désir also presented the three projects aimed at promoting European mobility, the responsibility for which has been entrusted to him by the prime minister, in conjunction with the ministers concerned: the European student card, Erasmus for apprentices and an enhanced European civic service, which will be tried out for the first time in 2016.