Boglárka Illés, the human resources ministry’s deputy state secretary for youth policy and equal opportunities, presented Hungarian youth policy measures at a meeting in New York of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), noting that youth unemployment in Hungary is at 11%, well below the EU average of over 15%. She said the trend was mainly thanks to government measures to protect jobs for young employees. Such schemes have helped over 100,000 young Hungarians find jobs in their homeland, she added. Also, there was keen interest in student talent-fostering run by civil organisations and backed by the government.
The ECOSOC meeting was organised for the eighth time, with some 800 decision-makers and young people from around the globe participating. Ministers of some 30 countries also attended the two-day meeting.