Van Rompuy: EU May Consider Youth Job Plan at June Summit

European Union President Herman Van Rompuy said overcoming youth unemployment is “the utmost priority today” and may be tackled by the 27-nation bloc’s leaders later this year.

“We stand ready to support all new ideas, to accompany every country in its own efforts,” Van Rompuy said, according to the text of a May 17 speech to the Federation of Young European Greens that was published on the EU’s website today. “Every one must be mobilized: national governments, local authorities, companies big and small, social partners, and the European institutions too.”

Van Rompuy said he hoped the social partners, which include labor unions and employer groups, can agree on a “job plan” before a June leaders summit. He said the EU has made progress overhauling its economy during the financial crisis and has more work to do.

“We are not yet out of the woods, far from it,” Van Rompuy said.

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