Visit of representatives of BusinessEurope to José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received several representatives of BusinessEurope. Following his speech on the "State of the Union 2012" and ahead of the Brussels European Council of 18-19/10/2012, the topics covered in the meeting included progress towards the banking Union, a genuine Economic and Monetary Union, and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020. The President singled out important pro-growth initiatives of the EC and urged the business representatives to take part in the fight against youth unemployment, in particular by improving education-to-work transitions. They also discussed the Single Market Act II and the industrial policy communication – two key proposals tabled by the Commission.