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UK-EU youth mobility agreement would be ‘huge success’

UKHospitality has been calling for Youth Mobility Schemes to be expanded, to the benefit of hospitality, tourism, live music and events.

The EU Commission has today proposed to open negotiations to facilitate new youth mobility agreement, which would allow young people from the EU and UK to study, work and live in each other’s countries.

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Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, said: “The sharing of cultures, cuisines and knowledge have long been the bedrock of the UK’s world-leading hospitality sector and agreements like Youth Mobility Schemes have been a key part of that success.

“We have been calling for these schemes to be expanded and I’m pleased to see the EU Commission coming to the table with a plan to open negotiations.

“I hope the EU Council agrees with the proposal and that talks between the UK and EU can begin as soon as possible.

“Such an agreement would be a huge success for hospitality and tourism and, practically, it would solve challenges for the live music and events sectors.”