The think tank of the ETUC Youth Committee met for the fourth time this year. Athens was chosen as a location in order to boost participation from young trade unionist in the Mediterranean region. During a meeting with the President of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), Jannis Panagopoulos, and the President of the GSEE Youth Organization, Jannis Poukos, the participants had the occasion to learn about the current political and economic situation in Greece and to voice their concerns regarding the low participation at the European level of young trade unionists from the Mediterranean Region. More generally, the challenge of recruiting young workers and making trade unions attractive for young people in Europe was addressed, as virtually all trade unions in Europe are struggling for rejuvenating their membership.
On the second day, the participants discussed the results of the ETUC Congress held in Paris in September and the new opportunities for youth representatives to participate in ETUC bodies. The participants also debated about the present refugee “crisis” and the integration of refugee’s in the labour market and adopted a joint resolution.