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Letta says bulk of EU job measures in December

June summit will give 'political green light', says premier

Letta says bulk of EU job measures in December

Rome, May 27 - Premier Enrico Letta told a meeting with regional governors on Monday that the bulk of the measures that the EU plans to take to combat unemployment will not be passed until December's summit of European leaders. Combatting unemployment, especially among young people, will be a central issue at next month's EU summit after Letta requested it be put at the top of the agenda. But the premier expects the upcoming summit to only give broad political support to focusing on unemployment, which has reached record highs of over 11% in Italy. Concrete steps, such as measures that would exempt investments to promote jobs from deficit calculations, will not come until the end of the year, after this autumn's general election in Germany. "The premier explained to us that the big European decisions regarding employment will probably be taken in December and that in June there will only be a political green light," a source at Monday's meeting said. The sources added, however, that Letta was confident the June summit would be able to bring forward the start of a 'youth guarantee' plan that would see six billion euros invested across the union in getting young people into work. Almost four out of 10 Italians aged 15-to-24 who are not in education are unemployed.

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