The Nottingham Conference, which is the first in a series of events and conferences being run by the Socialist and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, will bring together MEPs, MPs, political parties, youth organisations, businesses, NGOs and charitable foundations to listen, learn, and work together to find solutions to tackle the growing problem of youth unemployment right across the Europe.
The conference is being brought to Nottingham by Labour’s East Midlands MEP and Leader in Europe, Glenis Willmott.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Glenis said: “I am proud to bring this conference, which is the first of its kind, to Nottingham.
“Youth unemployment is having a devastating impact on the lives of young people right across Europe, on their families and also on the wider society. Unless we take action now we risk creating a lost generation, let down by out of touch decisions and short term interests.
“But politicians alone cannot solve this crisis. We have to listen to the experiences of young people who are affected, learn from charitable organisations and businesses and work together to develop the ideas necessary to respond to this growing crisis and stand up for the next generation.
“I am delighted that young people, local charities and businesses from right across our region are being given the opportunity to have their voices heard at a European level and I welcome everyone to our fantastic city of Nottingham this weekend.”
Speakers at the Nottingham conference include Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, Hannes Swoboda MEP and President of the S&D Group, Jan Perrett from the University of Nottingham, Lawrence Dobie from Vital Skills Training, Katrina Atherton from A Star Media, Iain McNicol General Secretary of the Labour Party and Melanie Ulyatt Entrepreneur of the Year (Derbyshire Times 2012).