27. May 2014
José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, in one occasion said that the biggest asset of the Europe is that is a continent of creative social entrepreneurs who have designed systems to enhance education, health, social inclusion and the well-being of citizens. However, this risk taking, unreasonable, confident, value oriented entrepreneurs with a vision that cannot be understood by all is what might make today`s most economically threatened group in Europe, youth. In the spring of 2014 at the Connecting Entrepreneurship Stakeholders with Young Leaders Forum it was agreed that the specifics of the Millenials very much apply for European youth as well: sense of immediacy, technological know-how, performing tasks collaboratively, sharing information openly, solving problems through communal wisdom and mass participation. Therefore, we should look for opportunities that will meet their preferences and provide job opportunities.
22. May 2014
One of the five headline targets of the Europe 2020 headline indicators is to reduce poverty by lifting at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty or social exclusion by 2020. According to EUROSTAT, in 2012, 124.5 million people, or 24.8 % of the population, in the EU-28 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion (AROPE), compared with 24.3 % in 2011. It could be argued that this is not a significant increase given the drastic cutbacks. However, the AROPE figure for the EU-28 average, calculated as a weighted average of national results, masks substantial variation between Member States. At one extreme, the Member States with the highest AROPE rates were Bulgaria (49.3 %), Romania (41.7%), Latvia (36.6%), Greece (34.6%), Lithuania (32.5 %), Hungary and Croatia (both around 32.0 %). At the other extreme, the lowest rate was scored in the Netherlands (15.0 %), Czech Republic (15.4%) and Finland (17.2 %).
21. May 2014
Party, politics and protest: the FPÖ represents such a perfect combination of these elements that for young Austrians the populist right-wingers are the first choice. The fact that the country is currently celebrating Conchita Wurst does not amount to evidence of any increase in tolerance levels.
21. May 2014
Over the last few days, the Balkan region is facing one of its greatest natural catastrophes, the floods. In times like this, people seem to forget the things that they thought were important – especially the political beliefs and the national affiliation that “made them different from one another”. They wake up their humanity. Is this a lesson for a new page of history in the region?
20. May 2014
It was 8:30 in the morning when I had a coffee with Vice-president of Turkish confederation of Employers associations – Erol Kiresepion, who is a usual suspect for the annual OECD Forum. He shared his worries about the youth unemployment in Turkey, which is still around 16% this year and not getting any better. In his opinion dramatic changes should be implemented in order to give the possibility for young people to work and gain experience. Special programs are already implemented for those who are starting their first real job experience, but even with the support of the state entrepreneurs more likely to employ those with experience.