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Renzi's Jobs Act gets thumbs up from EU

'Seems to go in right direction' says employment commissioner

09 January, 15:39
Renzi's Jobs Act gets thumbs up from EU

(see related) (ANSA) - Rome, January 9 - The European Union gave its thumbs up Thursday to the package of proposals for tackling unemployment presented by Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi.

EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor described the measures as "a new programme" that seems "to go in the direction hoped for by the EU in recent years". This involves "making the job market more dynamic and inclusive by tackling the sensitive issues of youth unemployment and the employment of women," said Andor. The situation in Italy is compounded by "the excessive segmentation of the job market" and the "generational gap between people affected by unemployment", he added.

Renzi launched the proposals after national statistics agency Istat said Wednesday that unemployment reached a record high of 12.7% in November, with over 41% of under-25s out of work.

On Thursday the Florence mayor said they were only a draft and invited "ideas, criticisms and comments".