In the Belgian capital of Brussels on Monday (6 February), hundreds of demonstrators marched on the headquarters of the European Economic Community.
In the Belgian capital of Brussels on Monday (6 February), hundreds of demonstrators marched on the headquarters of the European Economic Community. They were protesting against the high level of unemployment amongst young people living in the nine Common Market countries.
SYNOPSIS: The protest in Brussels was the final stage of a series of demonstrations called "Euro March '78". It attracted people from all over Europe who are concerned with the effect unemployment is having on the youth of Europe. At the end of last year the number of unemployed in the countries that make up the European Community was more than six million.
According to figures prepared here at the Brussels headquarters of the EEC Commission, one third of those six million are under the age of 25. It was those people the marchers had in mind when they assembled in front of the headquarters building to press their case for more assistance and aid for the unemployed.
Most of the marchers reminded outside the building, some demonstrating their anger. A small delegation, however, were allowed inside to meet the EEC Commissioner in charge of employment, Mr. Henk Vredeling.
The delegation discussed with him various proposals to help the young unemployed, including EEC subsidies for the creation of new jobs.