September 7th, 2010
05:12 PM GMT
(CNN) – It was an upbeat message from José Manuel Barroso during his first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament. And during it, the President of the European Commission also let slip a proposal that was new to me.
I had the chance to follow-up in an interview after the speech. So I asked him, What exactly was the ‘European Vacancy Monitor’? It turned out to be a suspiciously simple system to help clear up job vacancies across the Union.
All vacancies would be published so someone looking for a job in, say, France could see what’s available in Portugal, or Ireland.
For an economist it makes perfect sense. It’s a straightforward market, matching up supply and demand. But even after you’ve dealt with the administrative challenge, what about the political backlash? The two most explosive issues in the region right now must be immigration and unemployment.
How does the President see his proposed new system working? Watch a clip here and check out the rest on TV later today: