The EU held a special summit on 7 May 2009 in Prague dedicated to tackling the impact of the economic crisis on jobs in Europe. The Troika Presidencies (the Czech, Swedish and Spanish governments) joined the European Commission, employers and trade unions to pool their best ideas on how to keep people in work and help them back into new jobs. The summit identified ten actions to fight unemployment and create new jobs.
Commenting on the summit, Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, said that the goal was not just to help workers who have lost their jobs, but to make disappear or to reduce the social consequences of the crisis.
The Commission will build on the summit's discussions when formulating its input to the European Council of 18-19 June 2009. SHOTLISTLINK