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President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks at Trinity

Posted on 22 September 2017

The President of the European Central Bank, Mr Mario Draghi gave a keynote address at Trinity during September on ‘Youth unemployment in the euro area’. Mr Draghi gave his talk on the occasion of the annual Henry Grattan Lecture* hosted by Trinity’s School of Social Sciences and Philosophy which was moderated by the School’s Head, Professor Gail McElroy. The Provost of Trinity, Dr Patrick Prendergast opened proceedings.

During his talk the ECB President highlighted the need to address structural causes of youth unemployment and the disproportionate burden that young people now carry in relation to the economic crisis. The ECB President concluded by saying that “young people want to work and expand their lifetime opportunities”. He called on governments to make this happen “for the future of their countries’ youth and of their democracy”:

The keynote address was followed by a roundtable discussion,  the ECB Youth Dialogue with Mr Mario Draghi  who was joined by 30 Trinity Economics students, both undergraduate and Ph.D. candidates.

The event concluded with Mr Draghi being presented with the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage by Conn McCarrick President of  the University Philosophical Society (The Phil).

Photo caption: ECB President, Mr Draghi and Governor of the Central Bank, Philip Lane with Trinity Economic students and Phil committee members.

About: *The Henry Grattan Lecture series invites an influential public figure to address contemporary issues.