With seven member states currently in a situation where more than one in 4 four young people (under 25) are classed as unemployed and with youth unemployment averaging 22% across the EU, Europe faces a real defining moment in responding to this challenge. The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium are proud to have held several events this year centred around this issue including an intervention from Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, and are pleased to announce an upcoming discussion about the key role that business can play in helping Europe tackle the problem going forwards.
As Deputy Head of Unit for Sectorial Employment challenges, Youth Unemployment and Entrepreneurship, Anita Vella will be at the heart of the solutions proposed by the EU over the coming years, including the Youth Guarantee: a program aimed at ensuring that all young people under 25 are offered a job, apprenticeship, traineeship or continued education within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. To reflect on a strategic focus of enabling partnerships to create sustainable employment - focusing on but not exclusive to Youth Unemployment - Ms Vella will give a keynote speech titled “Joining forces & forging partnerships to fight unemployment” which will be followed by a moderated discussion and question and answer session.
Deputy Head of Unit for Sectorial Employment challenges, Youth Unemployment and Entrepreneurship | European Commission
Anita Vella is currently Deputy Head of Unit in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Unit EMPL C2, dealing with Sectoral Employment Challenges, the European Globalisation Fund, Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship. In addition to her core responsibilities, she leads a team in charge of restructuring, green and white jobs, including personal and household services. She has taken up this post in October 2014. Prior to that, she was in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries where she occupied different positions. Between November 2008 and September 2014, she was a Team Leader for integrated maritime policy development in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. She was responsible for devising policy initiatives aimed at boosting blue jobs and blue growth, thereby tapping the economic potential of the Mediterranean and Black Seas and the living and non-living resources therein. Prior to that, she was a Cabinet Member in the Cabinet of Commissioner Joe Borg for a period of 6 months. Between 2005 and 2007, she was Desk Officer for Italy and Malta in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and was in charge of implementation of the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) and the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). Before joining the European Commission, she served as Programme Manager at the Office of the Prime Minister in Malta. Anita Vella graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in European Studies and holds a Master's degree in EU Politics and Public Administration from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium).