AT THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL IN BRUSSELS THESE 14 AND 15 MARCH

At its “Spring Summit” on 14-15 March 2013, the European Council will discuss the economic situation and outlook in order to set policy orientations.

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In view of the continued stagnation of economic activity and high levels of unemployment in Europe, leaders will examine how efforts to support youth employment and promote growth and competitiveness can be accelerated.

“We must continue to pursue our efforts to maintain stability, translate all decisions taken to promote growth and competitiveness into concrete action and results, and give absolute priority to supporting youth employment,” said President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy in his invitation letter.

In the context of the European Semester, the heads of state and government should provide guidance to the member states for their preparation of national reform programmes (economic and employment policies) and stability or convergence programmes (fiscal policies) for this yea

Euro Summit gathering leaders from the euro area will take stock of the economic situation there.President Van Rompuy will provide an update on work on the further development of the EU’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

The European Council will also discuss foreign affairs and be briefed on the preparations for the G8 summit in June.

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