EP Plenary debate: preparation for Spring European Council
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič took part on Wednesday in the European parliament debate in Strasbourg on the preparation for next month's European Council meeting.
He presented the Commission's position ahead of the Council meeting, which like all Spring summits is to focus on economic and financial issues. He underlined the findings of the Commission's Annual Growth Survey for 2012, which focuses on five priority areas: promoting differentiated growth-friendly fiscal consolidation; restoring normal lending to the economy; boosting long-term growth and competitiveness; tackling unemployment and the social consequences of the crisis; and modernising public administration.
As the first so-called 'action teams' of Commission and national officials begin their visits to the eight Member States with the highest levels of youth unemployment, V-P Šefčovič also reiterated the need for concerted efforts from all Member States to promote growth and create jobs, in particular among young people. He also presented MEPs with the findings of the Commission's first Alert Mechanism Report – part of the 'six pack' of measures adopted late last year to improve long-term economic governance – which shows that 12 Member States are at risk of macroeconomic balances.