The presentation of the third phase of the EU-Youth Program, “EU Youth for Employment and Entrepreneurship,” co-financed by the EU and the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was attended by Givi Mikanadze, Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Sports and Youth Affairs and Head of the Youth Directorate.
The initiative, which will begin in Georgia today, will provide jobs for young people as well as opportunities for them to advance in the entrepreneurial field. In 2022-2024, the program will execute a range of programs and activities to assist young people in developing career management skills and facilitating partnerships between the public, corporate, and non-governmental sectors.
Givi Mikanadze greeted the event participants, who talked about the role and involvement of the Parliament in youth employment matters.
“Parliament is ready to contribute to the development of youth and the implementation of programs that will support the activities of youngsters and their further development. This will apply to specific projects and organizations and cooperation with relevant state agencies, “said Givi Mikanadze.
He also thanked the European Union and the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their direct support in launching the project’s third phase. According to him, this phase is aimed at one of the most important challenges – to support the employment component, so the project is a direct response and response to the needs of young people in Georgia.
“We are going to cooperate with the Parliament actively, and we plan to meet with the project team tomorrow and go through all the details where the involvement of the Parliament will be needed. Parliament will support the execution of the initiative objectives as much as possible, as a significant part of the project meets the goals of the UN Sustainable Development and is directly related to them. In the previous convocation, the Parliament of Georgia, under the leadership of the Sports and Youth Committee and with the great efforts of the working group, developed and approved a concept that responds to the youth development policy, which is the concept for the 2020-2030. To enforce the document and to establish regular monitoring of its implementation,” Givi Mikanadze said.
The Parliament member spoke about the draft law prepared by the faction “Georgian Dream”, which will be initiated today. According to the legislative initiative, internships in public service will be considered work experiences for young people.
“Everyone, starting from the final year students, will be given the opportunity to consider this period as an internship in case of passing an internship. The minimum period is set at six months, and a person in the same public agency will be able to complete this internship twice in a row, which will earn him the minimum period that will allow him to participate in open competitions. Public institutions will also have a specific obligation to hire young people for internships,” said Givi Mikanadze.