Prague summits address unemployment, relations with former Soviet states


Prague is hosting two European Union summits on jobs and improving ties with six former Soviet states on Thursday as part of its European Union presidency. Representatives of the 27 members of the bloc are set to discuss how to deal with the impacts of the financial crisis on employment and how to help the jobless get back to work at the city’s Congress Centre. The same venue will later host the launch of the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative, which aims to strengthen ties with, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. Many EU and Eastern leaders have chosen not to attend the second summit.