“There are major gaps in Education across Europe and better tools are needed to improve the quality and performance of education, as well as the rates of employment. The ‘one size fits all’ approach is not efficient at all and local and regional-level policy as well as solutions must be adapted accordingly through policy intervention to take into account the regional context. Therefore, we must stand up for the development of education infrastructure in less developed regions.” Csaba Borboly, President of the Harghita County Council made these remarks during a youth dialogue co-organized by the European Youth Forum as part of an inter-institutional conference on social economy in Strasbourg. During the event, young people exchanged their views on issues such as youth participation, inequalities, discrimination and the environment.

Borboly, who served as the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) Rapporteur on the ‘European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience’ said that a crucial aspect to reduce precariousness is employment. In this regard he said “I consider that key competences and basic skills are needed by all student for personal fulfilment, development, employability, and social inclusion. We need to encourage transversal skills, that are fit for the changing nature of employment, we need to promote language skills as well, as a priority so as to increase young people’s chances of integrating into the labour market.”

On the European Year of Youth, Borboly said that the CoR will pay special attention to youth participation in civic and democratic life, to strengthen both participatory and representative democracy, not only by informing youths of policies affecting them but also by involving them in their design, leadership and implementation. He said “One of our major initiatives is the European Charter for Youth and Democracy, which aims to commit European, national, regional and local institutions to promote the engagement and involvement of young people in society through innovative tools and means, to achieve a more inclusive democratic society. The CoR will organise two consultations of young people to feed the Charter, and we will present it during our Plenary session of December.”

With respect to the twin transition, Borboly said that it is crucial to facilitate interregional cooperation on the social economy to create transnational clusters, for ensuring cross-border synergies.

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