Jean Monnet memorial lecture: Youth, employment, Europe and values

5 May 2015 18:30 - 5 May 2015 20:00 Add to Calendar 5-05-2015 18:30:00 5-05-2015 20:00:00 36 Jean Monnet memorial lecture: Youth, employment, Europe and values Tuke Hall DD/MM/YYYY

This year's Jean Monnet Memorial lecture looks at Youth, Employment, Europe and Values within the context of the new The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).

18:30 Tuke Hall
Regent's Park Campus
Regent's University London

The Regent’s Annual Jean Monnet lecture will consider Youth, Employment, Europe and Values within the context of the new The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).

The first priority of the European Commission is to strengthen Europe's competitiveness, stimulate investment and create jobs. The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) focuses particularly on getting young people back into work or training.

Today, the European Commission proposes to make 1 billion euro from the Youth Employment Initiative available as early as this year. This change will increase by up to 30 times the pre-financing Member States receive to boost youth employment - reaching up to 650,000 young people and helping them get into work, faster.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue said: "With today's proposal, the Commission sends a clear signal that youth employment continues to be high on our political agenda. We will advance around 1 billion euro to support the work of Member States in helping to get young people back into work, to return to education or get a traineeship. In doing so, they are not only able to contribute to the economy and society through their skills and dynamism, but they also regain their dignity."


Each speaker will bring a different approach to the subjects based on their very different backgrounds and expertise and contribute through short talks to the evening discussion and subsequent reception.

The lecture will be chaired by Professor John Drew, and will be followed by a Reception in the University from 20:00.

Panel details

B Woodward

Bethy Woodward is a Paralympic, World, Commonwealth & European medalist. Her contribution to the legacy of London 2012 comes through motivational speaking and focusing on continuing to break down barriers which prevent a more equal and diverse society. She is particularly passionate about encouraging and affording disadvantaged young people opportunities to develop their potential.

Bethany is a Patron and Ambassador for Breathe Magic a charity for children and young people with Cerebral Palsy. Breathe Magic aims to improve their motor skills and self confidence by teaching them to perform conjuring tricks to an audience. 


Robert Swan

Robert Swan, OBE well known explorer, environmentalist and inspirational youth leader was awarded the Polar Medal after being the first to walk to both the North and South Poles. He has dedicated his life to helping young people from all over the world to work towards cleaning up not just the Antarctic environment but to facing environmental challenges in their lives across the world. He talks as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth and is Special Advisor to the Director General of UNESCO on environmental matters. Swan’s real‐life discussion of leadership, trust and working together never ceases to thrill, uplift and stimulate audiences, drawing standing ovations throughout the globe.

M Milburn 01

Martina Milburn Chief Executive at The Prince’s Trust joined in May 2004, having been Chief Executive of the BBC Children in Need Appeal since 2000.

Martina trained and began her career as a journalist, established the Press and Communications function for the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and worked on a freelance basis for a range of national media. She then held the post of Chief Executive of the Association of Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (ASPIRE).

Martina has been a Trustee of several charities and currently sits on the board of the National Citizen Service. She also Co-Chairs the Youth Action Group with a Minister from the Department for Education. She sits on several other bodies which support the work of HRH The Prince of Wales. In the 2012 New Year honours list, Martina received a CBE for services to charity.


J Drew

Professor John Drew, Chancellor and Director of iCES. A former UK diplomat in Paris, Kuwait and Bucharest, John has held the positions of Director of International Corporate Affairs at Rank Xerox and Director of European Affairs at Touche Ross International. He has been the Representative of the European Commission in the UK and is the Director of the Institute of Contemporary European Studies at Regents University London.

This event forms part of the Regent's Report on Europe series, and is part of a series of events supported by the European Commission. 

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Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA


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