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European Youth Forum pledges its support for the Pact for Youth

Monday, April 25, 2016

The European Youth Forum, an organisation representing over 100 youth organisations across Europe, has pledged its support for the Pact for Youth.

The European Pact for Youth, a mutual engagement of business leaders and the EU, was launched on November 17 during CSR Europe’s Enterprise 2020 Summit. It aims to help build a pro-youth and pro-innovation Europe by creating a fair and equitable culture of partnerships between business, education and young people. These partnerships are designed to enhance the quality of training and skills that young people can acquire and help with the transition from education and into employment.

Johanna Nyman, President of the European Youth Forum, said: “The European Youth Forum is very pleased to sign up to the European Pact for Youth, which we believe has huge potential. Too many young Europeans are still without a job or hope for their future. It is only by working together with business, as well as politicians, that young people’s right to access good quality education and jobs, can be achieved. Youth organisations have much experience in ensuring that young people, particularly those that are hardest to reach, benefit from measures to support their access to the labour market. It is vital that young people are able to fully participate in these kind of initiatives and we are thus happy to bring the voice of youth to the Pact and we are looking forward to working with CSR Europe, its members and the partners of the Pact to help find sustainable ways to move out of the youth unemployment crisis together.”

Stefan Crets, CSR Europe’s Executive Director, said: “We are very happy to have the European Youth Forum support the European Pact for Youth. The voice of youth and the expertise of working directly with those who will benefit from this initiative will without a doubt add gravitas and bring great value to the work we are doing. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration and working together towards our shared objectives of boosting youth employability and inclusion across Europe.”

This initiative has the endorsement of His Majesty the King of the Belgians, and Presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council.

Find out more about the European Pact for Youth here.

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About CSR Europe

CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. Through its network of around 50 corporate members and 45 National CSR organisations, it gathers over 10,000 companies, and acts as a platform for those businesses looking to enhance sustainable growth and positively contribute to society. In its mission to bring the CSR agenda forward, CSR Europe goes beyond European borders and cooperates with CSR organisations in other regions across the world.

About the European Youth Forum 

The European Youth Forum is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. Independent, democratic, youth-led, it represents 102 National Youth Councils and international youth organisations from across the continent. The Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives, by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their organisations towards the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.