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Employment and youth unemployment discussed in Milan

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Against the backdrop of continuing difficulties in the EU labour market, EU employment ministers met in Milan on 8 October to exchange experiences of labour market reforms.

Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson
Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson Photo: The Government Offices

Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson gave an account of the Government's reform ambitions and expressed the need to give young people opportunities for sustainable employment.

"We must create genuine paths into permanent employment. For me, it is vital that we do not create a new precariat," Ms Johansson emphasised.

The European Network of Public Employment Services' directors-general as well as representatives of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the ILO and the OECD took part in the employment ministers' working lunch. The social partners at EU level also attended. In the afternoon, the employment ministers joined the meeting of heads of state and government. At the lunch, Sweden was represented by Ms Johansson. Mikael Sjöberg, Director-General of the Swedish Public Employment Service, also attended.