10 October 2013
Mario Monti has agreed to serve as Chairman of the Council for the Future of Europe (CFE). The Council has built its reputation advocating for solutions to youth unemployment, empowerment of financial institutions, and a stronger political union.
Monti joined the Council in 2011 at the invitation of Nicolas Berggruen, the founder of the Berggruen Institute on Governance and original Chairman of the Council. He remained in close contact with the Council throughout his tenure as Prime Minister of Italy, a role he was appointed to in November 2011 by President Giorgio Napolitano in the midst of Italy's economic and financial crisis.
"We are extremely pleased that Mario has agreed to chair the Council," said Nicolas Berggruen. "His breadth of experience and distinguished reputation will no doubt enhance the impact we can have on issues of importance to the future of the continent. With his leadership, we intend to draw into this action-oriented debate more diverse and younger voices, including stakeholders who often feel extraneous to the process of European integration or frustrated by its outcomes."
Prior to courageously undertaking the leadership of Italy during its hour of need, Monti had a direct role in the governance of the EU, first as Commissioner for the Internal Market, Financial Services and Tax Policy (1995-99), then as Commissioner for Competition (1999-2004). He is currently President of Bocconi University and a Senator for life.
6 June 2013
An Urgent Initiative for Youth Employment in Europe
At “Europe, Les prochaines étapes," a “town hall” meeting in Paris on May 28 sponsored by the Berggruen Institute on Governance and Sciences Po, European leaders called for “urgent action” to respond to the crisis of youth unemployment. There are nearly 6 million young people under the age of 25 without jobs today.
Town Hall audience gathered at Sciences Po, 28 May, 2013
Addressing the gathering, French President François Hollande called for an “offensive” against youth unemployment, saying “we need to act quickly. In this battle time is the decisive factor.” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain, where youth unemployment is among the highest in Europe, called for “action now without delay.”
President François Hollande delivers the opening keynote address
Also participating in the gathering were German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen, French Labor Minister Michel Sapin and the Italian Labor Minister Enrico Giovannini. Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank, and Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, were also present.
(From Left) François Lenglet, Minister Enrico Giovannini, Werner Hoyer, Ministers Pierre Moscovici, Michel Sapin, Ursula von der Leyen, and Wolfgang Schäuble
Other participants in the meeting included elder statesmen and former leaders such as Jacques Delors, Felipe González, François Fillon and Mario Monti along with student delegations from Sciences Po, the London School of Economics and the Hertie School in Berlin.
The centerpiece of the event was the launch of a “growth initiative for Europe” drafted by the German and French labor ministries in conjunction with the Berggruen Institute.
Ursula von der Leyen outlined the three main elements of the plan:
Several participants of the meeting called for “frontloading” the EURO 6 billion to be spent immediately. Prime Minister Rajoy called for a further EURO 30 billion in capitalization for the EIB to fight youth unemployment.
Prime Minister Rajoy delivers the closing keynote address
EIB President Werner Hoyer committed the bank to this initiative as a key way not only to fight youth unemployment, but to prevent further fragmentation of European financial markets which have made credit scarce for SME, which produce most new jobs.
After the morning session at Sciences Po, the labor and finance ministers met at the Elysee Palace with President Hollande to chart the path forward for this initiative. Ursula von der Leyen laid out a “roadmap” for implementation that will include a summit of all European labor ministers and Heads of public employment services in Berlin in July, hosted by Chancellor Merkel and EU-Commission President Barosso, to finalize the initiative and present it “with a single European voice” at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg in September.
She also called on the private sector to “step up to their responsibility” and take part in this urgent initiative. “To be effective,“ the German labor minister said, “any jobs program must be demand driven."
The goal is to mobilize the available sources of funding and link them with effective labour market policy measures. Governments cannot guarantee jobs, only the private sector can create jobs. But the states can conserve and improve young people’s employability. And they can provide European funding for small and medium enterprises to promote growth and employment.
Nicolas Berggruen closing the Town Hall
 “Unemployment Statistics” Eurostat : http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu
24 May 2013
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