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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) (A8-0461/2018 - Verónica Lope Fontagné)

  Andrejs Mamikins (S&D). – Mr President, it is a big asset of this report that the Member States can flexibly channel the money into the most urgent matters, be it the labour market, working conditions, social protection, education or health protection. However, it is crucial that the Commission carries out oversight of how and on what this money is spent. I say this because some countries, such as Latvia, have very specific issues.

In Latvia the Russian-speaking minority, accounting for 24% of the population, is not allowed to pursue higher education in the Russian language, and according to the new school reform, our children will not be able to study in their native language from September 2019. The youth unemployment rate in Latvia reached almost 11% in December 2018. This is a clear sign that our young people simply cannot take an academic or professional path due to a very restrictive and discriminatory language policy. We should stop it.

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