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Katja Leikert and Kai Whittaker in the digital union event “Ratspräsi2Go”

The corona pandemic is having a negative impact on the professional situation of young people in Europe. According to statistics, youth unemployment in the European Union rose to just under 18 percent. In the online event “Ratspräsi2Go”, Vice President of the Union parliamentary group Katja Leikert discussed ways to combat youth unemployment across borders with the CDU specialist politician for labor and social affairs, Kai Whittaker.

Katja Leikert said that without fighting the rampant youth unemployment in Europe, we would not be able to rebuild the continent after the Corona crisis. For this reconstruction, the EU wants to set up a fund with the significant name “Next Generation EU”, which will be endowed with 750 billion euros and which, in addition to the EU budget, will also be available for future-oriented investments.

@Kai_Whittaker demanded new impulses and demanded to do everything possible to quickly find the way back on the positive path of low youth unemployment after #Corona. He emphasized that this could be facilitated by exchange programs and language support.

– CDU / CSU (@cducsubt) October 7, 2020

“Shaping the 22nd Century”

Kai Whittaker, who is the chairman of the Union faction in the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Sustainable Development, called for a permanent path to reduce youth unemployment. It is not enough just to treat the symptoms. Whittaker demanded that the problem should be tackled at the root. Young people have to be trained so that they can “shape the 22nd century” with their knowledge.

Improve language skills

Among other things, Whittaker demanded that young people in an EU with well over 20 different languages ​​must be able to speak at least two of them fluently so that they could also work in other European countries. “We need to improve language skills,” he said. To achieve that, you need more exchange and encounters. The CDU MP therefore advocated that schoolchildren should also spend a year in other EU countries – and not just trainees and students. They should have their grades recognized at home. For this, the European school leaving certificates would have to be aligned.

@KLeikert supported this and also spoke out in favor of establishing connections through language. However, exchanges should not be an elite project, but should be open to everyone. That is why she called for comprehensive student exchange programs within the EU.

– CDU / CSU (@cducsubt) October 7, 2020

Cross-border cooperation between job centers

Whittaker also called for job centers in European border regions to work together. This paves the way for young people from Alsace, for example, where unemployment is higher than in Baden-Württemberg, to start training in Germany. Finally, Whittaker advocated making Germany as a business and training location more attractive for trainees from the EU and removing hidden barriers. “We have a great need for skilled workers,” he emphasized.


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