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International conference: Jobs for Youth – Prosperity for All, 24 - 25 April 2008


We, the young people of European, want more work opportunities, a larger number of secure jobs and better prospects for personal development. We are willing to work and to contribute with the inspiration, energy and creativity of youth to the development of companies and institutions. Experts and politicians – extend a helping hand to us!*


The ‘Jobs for Youth – Prosperity for All’ conference, organised under the Slovenian EU Presidency by the Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs in cooperation with the European Commission, will be held on 24 and 25 April 2008 at Brdo pri Kranju. The conference discussions will focus on the employment of young people and problems encountered by young people entering the labour market.

The conference will begin on Thursday 24 April with an opening speech delivered by the current President of the EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council, Slovenian Minister Marjeta Cotman; the conference will also be attended by the Portuguese State Secretary Fernando Medina, and Xavier Prats Monné, Director for Employment Policy, Lisbon Strategy and International Affairs at the European Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.

In the morning plenary session, conference participants from the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria and Slovenia will discuss new forms of employment. Guests from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will discuss local, regional and international mobility and promotion of youth employment.

The afternoon plenary session will be led by Professor Ivan Svetlik PhD and will focus on the education and training of young people and on the requirements of the labour market. The first day of the conference will conclude with a debate on the reconciliation of work and family life, with emphasis on finding the right solution for young people.


On Friday 25 April, before the conference concludes, two forums on ‘jobs for youth – prosperity for all: looking ahead’ will be held in the morning.


Immediately after the conclusion of the conference, at13:15, a press conference will be organised at which the highlights of the conference will be presented.


All conference sessions are open to the public. Participants should have accreditation badges.


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* This was the message of the campaign launched by the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs in the Republic of Slovenia in April 2008, aimed at encouraging young people to design graphics conveying messages for the accompanying programme of the ‘Jobs for Youth – Prosperity for All’ conference. The young people designed posters to draw attention to the advantages they could offer and to the need for new employment opportunities. The competition for creative work was open to promising young artists, copywriters, designers, high-school and university students up to 30 years of age. The works will be exhibited in the lobby of the conference hall and published in the Programme Book.