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Brussels, 1st October 2011

Statement by Commissioner László Andor at the European Job Day in Brussels

Speaking at the Fifth EU Job Day at the Berlaymont, the EU Headquarters in Brussels, László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion said the turnout was extremely positive, noting that visitors were queuing up even before the Job Day event opened. He said: "I have been particularly impressed by the motivation of the job-seekers I met today who have been very well prepared". He added: "We estimate that 10,000 citizens will have visited the EU Job Day event and I am confident that it will help people find a job thanks to direct contact with recruiters. I hope it will be a real stepping stone for many individuals to get their foot onto the employment ladder."

The Commissioner welcomed the focus of this year's EU Job Day: "Creating your own Job" saying "Supporting youngsters in their efforts to create their own job is essential, not just in financial terms but also in terms of advice and training. Setting up your own business is an alternative route out of unemployment. This is also why we have set up the new EU Microfinance facility, to help, in particular, those who would normally have difficulty accessing loans". The Commissioner also commented on the importance of mobility, saying "In today's difficult economic and social climate, mobility in Europe is a great opportunity and an important way to find a job. During the Job Day, 50 EURES advisers from across 21 countries were on-the-spot to help match job seekers with 200 specific Europe-wide EURES vacancies.

HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Belgium's Employment Ministers Mrs Milquet, Mr Antoine and Mr Cerexhe also visited the event with Commissioner Andor. The Commissioner commented that he "welcomed Belgium's work in offering specific support for young people looking for a job and their efforts to keep unemployment levels down".

See also IP/11/1139 "Brussels Job Day: Thousands of job-seekers to meet employers at EU Headquarters"

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