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Europe — Manpower Chairman co-chairs World Economic Forum

10 May 2010

The World Economic Forum on Europe will take place today and tomorrow in Brussels, bringing together over 400 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society from over 40 countries. The meeting will be held under the theme 'Renewed Leadership, New Vision'. It is the first time that the World Economic Forum on Europe will be held in Brussels. The meeting is co-hosted with the Government of Belgium shortly before it assumes the rotating presidency of the European Union.

Manpower Inc., Chairman and CEO, Jeff Joerres, said "when you consider the economic challenges facing Europe at the present time, it is important that European countries achieve stabilisation. The countries that are really struggling need a plan that can stabilise the entire Euro zone. Once stabilisation occurs, the required momentum will follow for Europe to drive productivity and GDP growth."

The Talent Gap session will focus on the blend of immigration, education and mobility policies required to enable European businesses to compete in the global marketplace. In order for Europe's 2020 Strategy to succeed, the European Union must draw on a pool of skilled, innovative and creative young people.

Joerres concluded "with working age populations in most European markets shrinking due to shifting demographics and a 'greying' of the population, it is more vital than ever to ensure that the young people who are coming into the workforce have the skills that employers need. The right education and employment is needed to prepare young people for the changing world of work, and far-sighted, fact-driven national government policies around immigration are a must in order to successfully harness talent mobility."



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