Preparation of the European Council of 27-28/06/2013, EP plenary session with the participation of José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, participated in the EP plenary session which focused on the preparation of the European Council of 27-28/06/2013. In his speech the President highlighted that this following European Council would take place in a very challenging context. Several years of very weak or negative growth led to very high levels of unemployment. Youth unemployment and poverty were rising in many parts of Europe. This European Council would mainly focused on two issues: employment, namely youth employment, and financing the economy, namely Small and medium enterprises (SMEs).