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EU says jobs summit planned in Italy in October has been cancelled
September 18, 2014 / 11:16 AM / 3 years ago

EU says jobs summit planned in Italy in October has been cancelled

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A meeting of European leaders to discuss growth and jobs which Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said would be held in Italy in October will no longer take place, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (L-R), German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron talk to each other before a meeting with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko at the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near Newport, in Wales September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Bundesregierung/Guido Bergmann/Pool

Renzi, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU, announced on Aug. 29 that he would invite EU leaders to Italy on Oct. 6 to discuss measures to spur growth and create jobs. European leaders said they welcomed the announcement.

However, the French government said on Wednesday the event had been postponed and on Thursday EU Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said it had been “cancelled.”

“Obviously it’s for the Italian presidency to inform you on what led to that decision,” she told reporters.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio, writing by Gavin Jones, editing by Isla Binnie

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