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Lords Committee investigating youth unemployment hears from employment experts and student organisations

Experts in the field of employment will be among the witnesses giving evidence next week to the House of Lords Committee investigating EU proposals to get more young people into work.

The House of Lords EU Sub Committee on the Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment, is meeting on Monday 16 December as part of its inquiry into EU action to reduce youth unemployment.

The Committee will ask witnesses whether the EU programmes need to come up with different responses for different sorts of young people without work.

In the first of two sessions, starting at 4.15pm, the Committee will hear from Ms Kari Hadjivassiliou, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies, Mr Massimiliano Mascherini, Research Manager, Employment and Change (EMPC), Eurofound  and Professor Robin Simmons, University of Huddersfield.

In the second of the sessions, starting at around 5.15pm, Hushpreet Dhaliwal, CEO, The National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), Chris Neal, the British Youth Council and UK representative for the European Youth Forum, and Rachel Wenstone, Deputy President, National Union of Students will give evidence.

Other questions the Committee will ask include:

  • What can be done to improve the representation of young people in the process of getting them back into work?
  • How have Member States used the European Social Fund across Europe and is it getting results?
  • Do young people have enough input into to design of support measures which aim to tackle unemployment?
  • Should there be more of a focus on employers as part of the solution, and if so, how?
  • Where are the gaps in the EU's knowledge about how best to address the problem?

The first evidence session will start at 4.15pm on Monday 16 December in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

The session will be webcast at and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament's Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.


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