Hajnoš: The crisis is still not over, next generation has a potential to overcome it!


Recently, I have heard many speeches, on the European or on the national level about the coming end of the crisis. However, I allow myself to disagree with such propositions. I would like to share my viewpoint on the matter and explain my disagreement. All this is based on my personal experience and represent my individual standpoint.

“Youth Guarantee“ is one of the example of the European instruments that assure young people between age 25 and 30 and absolvents to get a well deserved quality job offer or to continue in an education, or an internship in four months after graduation. This instrument should particularly help the unemployed youth in Europe.

Most importantly, I would like to mention that an idea for such initiative has evolved long before the crisis, in 2007, as a result of a dialogue between student organisation and the European institutions. It took five more years to trun this idea into the instrument; and it will take five or six more years to see the real and measurable results.

Let me mention an issue about an Erasmus programme. During the time when this programme was evolving, some countries were against it and were blocking the proposal in 1987. And only thanks to the representatives of student organizations and their meeting with a president of the country that was against the programme the situation was solved. Their arguments were sufficient enough to  influence their decision. Afterwards, on the European Council Summit, the Erasmus programme was accepted and since then it has changed life of the 3 million people. At this link HERE you can find an interview with Domenico Lenarduzzi, honorary Director-General of the European Commission in that time.

During the last Summit of European Council, head of states and prime ministers of member states have decidedd on the budget compromise of Multiannual Financial Framework. Those that contribute to budget more and also those who contribute with less resources. For example, Slovakia will contribute to the European budget in 2014-2020 with 7 miliard EUR; but at the same time our income will exceed 20 miliard EUR in current prices and there will be also an exceed in resources from the rural development on direct payment.

However, has someone of you noticed that the 19 mld EUR budget proposal for education has been shrinked into 13 mld EUR after the last Summit? What it will mean? Less mobilities, less internships, less study programmes for students and less European projects for students and the youth? It will affect all the students in the EU.

Thus, I would like to mention that a statement mentioned above “the worst crisis is over“ will be true when young people not only in Slovakia, but also all over Europe. The youth has to  fight against the unemployment, not only the European leaders.

Maybe I am wrong, maybe you od not agree with me; we will learn more about it on the Council of Europe Summit in June where the youth unemployment issue will be discussed. Maybe our European leaders will act strategically on the European level and respectvely on the national level.

Miroslav Hajnoš