MEPs discussed a package of measures to boost job creation in Europe with Employment Commissioner László Andor on 13 June 2012.
Commissioner Andor regretted the "excessively high" unemployment in Europe which he said had been caused by the economic crisis.
He said unemployment stood at 10.3% across the EU's 27 states, and that the figure for the euro area was higher, at 11%.
Mr Andor said that creating more jobs and boosting demand for labour was vital to solving the economic crisis.
He identified three areas that could generate the most job opportunities: green economy, information technologies, and health and care services.
The centre-right EPP group welcomed the Commission's legislative package, which offered a "realistic" approach to job creation.
The proposals were also backed by the parliament's socialist and liberal groups.
But British Conservative Anthea McIntyre rejected calls for "more harmonisation of EU employment legislation" and "attempts to establish an EU minimum wage".
Business and entrepreneurs create jobs, not the EU, she argued, warning of unintended consequences of further EU legislation.
Portuguese communist MEP Ines Zuber argued for more public investment and for higher public sector wages.
French socialist Pervenche Beres said Europe was witnessing a worsening "social crisis", and warned of a lost generation.
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