In 2012, the ESEC reported on the increasingly insecure circumstances of young people in its opinion Paper Rights/Real Rights: Improving the Exercise of Social Rights by Youth. Almost three years on, this new opinion reports on the recommendations that were put forward by our assembly and proposes new measures to secure vocational and social inclusion pathways for young people whose circumstances have continued to deteriorate.
Although the ESEC has noted some progress, particularly in terms of the targets adopted by the Youth Priority Plan, it nevertheless highlights difficulties associated with its implementation and the importance of what still needs to be achieved. In terms of education on rights, information and support, there is still a need to build an effective public information and support service enabling all young people in their own territory to have access to a point of contact who is able to provide information and guidance.
Some progress has been made in the coordination of public policy both at the local and national levels with the appointment of an inter-ministerial youth delegate in January 2014 and the convening of inter-ministerial youth committees. There is still a lot of progress to be made in this direction. Efforts have also been made to involve young people more in determining and formulating public policy but levels of awareness still vary widely.
Although the government's Youth Priority Plan sets as one of its goals the access of young people to common rights and adopts the recommendations made by our assembly, there is still much to be done to secure vocational and social inclusion pathways for young people. The setting in place of the Youth Guarantee is certainly a step in the right direction yet it does nothing to address the pileup of measures for young people. Furthermore, considering the high numbers of young people who are not in work or in training (1.6 to 1.9 million), it only partially addresses the needs of young people.
The ESEC therefore wishes to highlight the urgent need for an effective youth policy that provides a response to the social inclusion and security difficulties facing young people in terms of housing, healthcare and social mobility. Our social security system must adapt to take into account this new age group. This will not be an additional burden but rather a social investment to give each young person faith in the future.
In focussing its work on pathways, which are better able to shed light on the circumstances of young people and the diverse range of profiles, the ESEC calls for reflection on how to secure the vocational and social inclusion pathways of young people in the same manner used to address vocational pathways.