Czech PM chairs EU unemployment summit before losing his job

8th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Topolanek, whose cabinet was toppled in March midway through his country's stint at the helm of the EU presidency, will be replaced by non-partisan and interim PM Jan Fischer the day after the summit.

Prague -- The European Union's employment summit in Prague on Thursday found the ideal -- though perhaps biased -- chairman in Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, who will lose his job on Friday.

Topolanek, whose cabinet was toppled in March midway through his country's stint at the helm of the EU presidency, will be replaced by non-partisan and interim PM Jan Fischer the day after the summit.

"I will lose my job but not work. Because if you look for work, you will find it," he told reporters, giving a very personal slant to the rather general recommendations the summit produced. "This is also my advice for everybody else.”

The European Commission forecast on Monday that Europe was set to see a dramatic rise in unemployment to the highest levels since the end of World War II with 8.5 million Europeans expected to lose their jobs in 2009 and 2010.

The return of mass unemployment in Europe would drive the jobless rate in 2010 to 11.5 percent in the eurozone and 10.9 percent in the EU, the commission estimated.

AFP/Expatica

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