EU jobs for youths talks

THE EU Council is focusing on providing employment opportunities for young people in Ireland and across the continent.

The meeting of EU Employment and Social Affairs Ministers will be chaired by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

They will today host an informal breakfast meeting with the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.

Minister Burton said that her key priority for this meeting is to get political agreement on the EU Youth Guarantee.

"The overall objective of guarantee schemes is to provide Europe's youth with better prospects for their future by ensuring that they become firmly anchored in the labour market," she said.