Top EU officials on Friday (2 March) urged national leaders to implement their fine talk on jobs and growth, in the first mild-mannered summit after months of high tension on the euro crisis.
“A drama-free summit was not a bad thing. Precisely because there was no drama, we can now focus on structural reforms for youth unemployment, small and medium enterprises, project bonds and the roll-out of broadband,” EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso told press conference at the end of the two-day meeting.
He insisted that leaders need to “take full ownership” and fill the “implementation gap” between what they say in summit statements and what they do when they get home.
The commission is to monitor and produce more detailed reports on economic reforms, ranging from labour market changes to investment in R&D.