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Eurogroup head Jucker regrets decision-making delays

The head of the eurogroup - made up of all countries in the eurozone - has said he regrets delays in taking decisions to deal with the economic crisis.

However giving evidence to MEPs on 10 January 2013, Jean-Claude Juncker said he was "content" with measures taken so far.

This was his final evidence session before retiring as head of the group.

Mr Juncker is the world's longest serving democratically elected head of government, having been prime minister of Luxembourg since January 1995.

He said he was "disappointed" at the outcomes of the recent summit of EU leaders for failing to agree a roadmap for the next 10 years.

Taking questions on austerity measures being imposed across the EU, Mr Juncker said he had "many questions" about the steps being taken by some governments, adding that the "tragedy of unemployment" was being "underestimated".

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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