On Wednesday, 12th July, UNITEE – The New European Business Confederation, represented by its President, Dr Adem Kumcu, participated in Brussels to the Leaders’ Meeting on Entrepreneurial and Creativity Skills, part of the framework of the European Pact for Youth. The event was co-headed by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and Viscount Etienne Davignon, President of CSR Europe.
The meeting, the third such event putting together all stakeholders of the Pact, was an opportunity for all participants to discuss the progress done so far by the consortium. Also, the members endorsed the publication of the Joint Proposal “Mainstreaming Entrepreneurship in Learning”, a flagship component of the Pact that aims at introducing entrepreneurship in European educational curricula.
Since the event happened in the wider frame of the Entrepreneurship Education Summit organised by JA Europe, it was also an unparalleled opportunity for all Pact leaders to directly connect with youth and engage with some of their entrepreneurial projects.
Given its role in representing entrepreneurs with a migrant background in Europe, UNITEE has always actively supported the role of work in integration, both as an advocacy organisation and in practice. Therefore, UNITEE has proudly participated to the Pact since its launch in November 2015.
The European Pact for Youth si is a mutual engagement of business leaders and the EU to create a culture of business-education partnerships to support youth employability and inclusion. Together, the partners will support the creation of 10,000 quality business education partnerships, with the shared target to establish together at least 100,000 new good quality apprenticeships, traineeships or entry-level jobs. In the Pact, a group of Leaders has already met three times to focus the discussion on joint proposals on the following three priorities: how to accelerate the business-education partnerships to support (1) youth transition to jobs, (2) the learning and practice of key competencies, and (3) the mainstreaming of entrepreneurial skills in learning. As a first effect of these meetings, so far, the leaders of the Pact have endorsed: