Does European mobility create more jobs and promote it? This is an objective that member states want to promote. Through events such as the European Week of Regions and Cities, promoting the development of citizen initiatives has become essential. The opportunity to highlight issues relating to the environment, employment or cohesion. For four days, cities and regions present their capacity to create growth and jobs. How will they implement the European Union’s cohesion policy? Now is the time to prove the importance of the local and regional level of good European governance.
Territorial dynamism driven by European mobility
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Europe has united its various territories and member states around a common policy. Indeed, the adoption of the Euro as a single currency since 1999 before it was put into circulation in 2002 marks this transition. This currency is used in 19 member states to date, including France. An area of free trade and mobility, the European Union is a vast unified territory, conducive to trade and employment. This is highlighted in particular with the existence of the Schengen area for free movement.
Companies with certain potential want to expand more widely, beyond their own country. To establish a presence in countries other than your country of origin, to win over a foreign clientele receptive to the property or service offered… An opportunity that many seize, when the market is positive. It also assumes that part of its staff must be dispatched to the new branch. For this reason, the company chooses on the one hand to transfer some employees in this new city… But also to recruit foreigners within the country to ensure regional development.
This is reminiscent of the Vision Bordeaux Export,a business event that brings Bordeaux and foreign companies closer together. In 2016, in particular, it connected Bordeaux and the United States. Among the local companies selected for this experience, Yooji, or Château de Malle, to name but a few. These are companies known for their innovation and their “French-style” know-how that appeals to foreign markets. Foreign mobility, the vector of efficient and rapid development.
A tremendous potential for growth and development, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the French economic market…
Encouraging youth employment in Europe
Also affected by the current pandemic, future graduates are also experiencing a difficult period. Faced with the difficulties of many sectors, such as catering, hotels or even tourism in France, which way to choose? The market is closing, with companies closing due to lack of cash inflows, despite the aid offered by the Government.
So, in this situation, why not move abroad to get your first job? Many higher education schools now offer an international curriculum, with experiences abroad… But also language courses. This allows young graduates to prepare for employment abroad, especially in Europe thanks to European conventions such as Erasmus, among others.
In New Aquitaine, structures such as Aquitapro provide a linguistic and cultural framework for students who have decided to go on a professional internship in Europe. A way to give students of the high schools of the academy of Bordeaux, members of the consortium. For example, Aquitapro aims to promote the employment of 18-25 year olds, or their continued education. An opening to the world, to a new culture, to work in another European country.
Many partners in France and Europe are mobilizing to enable young people and business leaders to establish themselves abroad. The European Union thus facilitates mobility between different states, while encouraging companies to develop on the spot.
Program European Week of Regions and Cities, site of the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities