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Debates
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

3. Economic growth and youth employment (debate)
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  Anthea McIntyre, on behalf of the ECR Group . Madam President, the key challenge we face is to help Member States create the right environment for businesses to grow and create new jobs. They can only do this if the market allows for it, if they can find qualified workers, if labour markets are sufficiently flexible and if they are not over burdened with regulation. I welcome the recent agreement on the IIA on better law—making. Legislation which is simpler and easier to understand and implement will help Member States create an environment that will encourage companies to hire and manage staff, while protecting basic workers’ rights.

Europe’s strength lies in its diversity, and we must use this diversity to learn from one another. There is no one-size-fits-all template. Many Member States, including my own, have already put in place successful structural reforms. This has enabled Britain to attract investment, to grow its economy and to create more and better jobs. Our employment rate is now over 74%, while the unemployed claimant count is at its lowest for 40 years. There have been over two million apprenticeships giving people the chance to learn skills and get on in life. Ultimately, Europe’s greatest need is for growth – growth that will allow our businesses, especially SMEs, to thrive, to create new jobs and to provide a good future for all of Europe’s young people.

 
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