Unemployment keeps rising and has almost hit 25 million people. That is 10.3% of the EU workforce. And the figures in some of the Member States are even more dramatic, in some cases over double the EU average unemployment rate. But the recession is taking its heaviest toll on Europe's young people, and some say that this amounts to a youth employment crisis.
The coming months will be crucial for shaping the social dimension of the European Union. By the end of the year, we will see clearer whether and to which extent Member States will continue to be prepared to invest in the Union when taking further position on the next multi-annual financial framework; the Commission will by November present the work programme for the last full year of its present mandate and also by November, the Commission will kick off the next European Semester with the Annual Growth Survey 2013.