12 February 1998
Remotivation of unemployed young people
Motion for a resolution
presented by the Earl of Dundee and others
This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it
1. In Recommendation 1355 (1998) on fighting social exclusion and strengthening social cohesion in Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly underlines that "today, social exclusion is no longer a marginal problem in Europe: it is a painful and dramatic reality for millions of people".
2. In the same Recommendation, the Assembly recalls its earlier Recommendation 1304 (1996) on the future of social policy. This draws attention to employment as a factor for integration. Thus it calls upon governments of member states to improve policies for the reintegration of marginalised or excluded persons. It advocates occupational training, literacy campaigns and the acquisition of skills in order to restore their sense of social usefulness.
3. The Assembly recognises that an important aspect of the unemployment of young people is their loss of trust and motivation. This makes them respond less to, and therefore benefit less from, work schemes established by governments.
4. In some member states private institutions have already identified this problem and have started to develop the potential skills and attitudes of young people with the aim of enabling them to gain a job and a positive role in society.
5. In the context of an effective social strategy the Parliamentary Assembly values this concept for social partnership between, on the one hand, a government scheme which provides new opportunities for employment and, on the other hand, voluntary and private initiatives which improve motivation in young people.
6. If such partnership proves to be successful in one or more states, the Assembly should, through the Council of Europe, recommend its introduction in all other member states.
Signed (see overleaf)
Signed : 1
Dundee, United Kingdom, EDG
Heygi, Hungary, SOC
Barath, Hungary, SOC
Grenfell, United Kingdom, SOC
Kirkhill, United Kingdom, SOC
Etherington, United Kingdom, SOC
Ponsonby, United Kingdom, SOC
Jones, United Kingdom, SOC
Zingeris, Lithuania, EDG
Pulgar, Spain, EPP
Hancock, United Kingdom, LDR
Lucyga, Germany, SOC
Biga-Friganovic, Croatia, SOC
Stefani, Albania, NR
Sincai, Romania, SOC
Pocas Santos, Portugal, EPP
Ragnarsdóttir, Iceland, EDG
1 SOC: Socialist Group
EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
EDG: European Democratic Group
LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group
UEL : Group of the Unified European Left
NR : Not registered in a group