Europe / Barroso calls for ‘ambitious’ youth jobs plan

Job Market Monitor

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday urged Europe’s leaders to come up with an “ambitious” jobs plan for youth at a June summit, as he held talks with new Italian premier Enrico Letta.

Winding up a tour that has taken him to Berlin, Paris and Brussels to present his economic recipe for Italy, Letta said the European Union urgently needed to show its citizens it could deliver, particularly by dealing with the nightmare of youth joblessness.

“It is important for us to have in June some important signals for European citizens in terms of recovering hope and confidence,” Letta said at a brief news conference, referring to the June 27-28 EU summit.

“That is the real nightmare of my country and the EU.”

Barroso said a 120-billion-euro EU growth pact was indeed proving “below our expectations” and called on leaders of the 27-nation bloc to sign up to…

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