Kevin Humphreys TD, Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection with special responsibility for Employment, Community and Social Support, will today join with Eurodesk at their National Information Event at the Carmelite Community Centre, Dublin 2, to celebrate 20 years in Ireland.

Eurodesk is a Europe-wide free information network for young people with 26 national centres and 1,300 local information points in thirty four European countries. Today’s event will provide young people, interested in travelling, with an opportunity to find out more about the possibilities to work, volunteer, train or study in other European countries. Representatives of major Irish youth organisations, youth leaders, youth information workers and guidance counsellors will also be in attendance. Eurodesk is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme and also by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Speaking at the event, Minister Humphreys said: “I am delighted to be with you all this morning to celebrate Eurodesk’s 20th anniversary in Ireland. One of the advantages that being part of the EU brings, is the opportunity it provides our young people to travel and work across Europe, to broaden their horizons and to gain invaluable life experiences. Eurodesk plays a crucial role in this regard operating as an invaluable free resource for young people who are interested in working, studying, volunteering, or more generally travelling across the EU.”

Minister Humphreys acknowledged the impact the financial crisis had on young people across Ireland, he said: “This government created the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in 2011 with the goal of ensuring a greater focus on the lives of young people. The Department last year launched Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 – 2020 which was Ireland’s first national policy Framework for children and young people. In the coming weeks my colleague Minister James Reilly will launch the National Youth Strategy 2015-2020 for 10 to 24 year olds. Within this universal strategy, there will be regard to young people experiencing or at risk of experiencing the poorest outcomes and in most need of support. It will set out the cross-cutting actions that will improve the effectiveness of services in supporting young people. Recognising the truth in the old adage that youth are our future, this government will continue to put young people at the forefront of our agenda and strive to enhance opportunities available to all young people across the country.”

Minister Humphreys concluded by thanking Eurodesk for their excellent event today and took the opportunity to thank all the representatives of youth organisations for their excellent work and the support they provide to young people in Ireland.

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