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STRASBOURG Tedric Thompson Jersey , France, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday called for swift progress in boosting jobs and establishing a banking union as planned for the single currency bloc.
Barroso brought forward the two priorities for the year ahead in his annual "State of the Union" speech during the European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg, France.
"We owe it to our 26 million unemployed people, especially our young people... The current level of unemployment is economically unsustainable, politically untenable and socially unacceptable," Barroso told European lawmakers.
The euro zone started returning to growth earlier this year after its longest recession, and the debt crisis has largely calmed down since the European Central Bank promised to do "whatever it takes" to save the euro.
"For Europe Amara Darboh Jersey , recovery is within sight... One fine quarter doesn't mean we are out of the economic heavy weather, but it does prove we are on the right track," Barroso said.
Unemployment, however, has appeared to be the biggest challenge for the EU and many of its member states after years of crisis and austerity.
"We need to avoid a jobless recovery," Barroso said, calling for immediate implementation of youth employment initiatives at European and national levels. Growth was necessary to remedy unemployment Nazair Jones Jersey , he added.
The president also urged member states to complete the project of the banking union and to make sure "taxpayers are no longer the ones in the frontline for paying the price of bank failure."
"First and foremost, let's be concrete in delivering the banking union. It is the first and most urgent phase on the way to deepen our economic and monetary union," he said, adding that it would also help restoring normal lending to the economy, notably to small and medium-sized enterprises.
The banking union is believed to be able to help stabilize the bloc's financial system. Members of the Parliament will vote later this week on the legislation establishing a centralized oversight for the EU's largest banks, considered as a first step for the banking union.
Barroso focused on the bloc's fragile economic recovery throughout the speech, projecting a "more united Delano Hill Jersey , open and stronger" Europe walking out of crisis next year.
The "State of the Union" address, most likely inspired by the U.S. president's annual address to its Congress, was initiated in 2010 by Barroso, whose term ends in 2014 after a decade of leading the EU's executive body.
A gunman with a US military identification opened fire at a baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday (Jan 6), killing five people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.
Five people died and eight were wounded, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters at the airport Shaquill Griffin Jersey , where air traffic was shut down.
  An injured woman is evacuated after a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. (Photo: Taimy AlvarezSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
The gunman had arrived on a flight from Canada with a checked gun in his bag, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca said on Twitter. He claimed his bag and went to the bathroom to load the gun before coming out and firing, LaMarca said.
Cellphone video posted on social media showed victims on the floor next to a carousel, with people on their knees attempting to provide aid. At least two had pools of blood from apparent head wounds.
The shooter was unharmed as law enforcement officers never fired a shot, Israel said, adding that it was too early to assign a motive.
"At this point, it looks like he acted alone Ethan Pocic Jersey ," Israel said. Nonetheless, he said "this scene is considered fluid and active" as police search the rest of the airport.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson identified the shooter as Esteban Santiago.
"He had a military ID, we don't know if it is current, but every time you get a bunch of people like at baggage claim or like outside of TSA (Transportation Security Administration) where you're going to security or lines at the ticket counter, it's a soft target," Nelson told CNN.
A person by the name Esteban Santiago was discharged honourably from the Army National Guard last year, ABC News reported Malik McDowell Jersey , citing the Army criminal investigation division.
Governor Rick Scott rushed to the airport to be briefed on the shooting, as dozens of police and emergency vehicles converged on the scene.
President-elect Donald Trump said he had just spoken with Scott, and was "monitoring the terrible situation in Florida." "Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!" he tweeted.
  Photo courtesy of Taylor Elenburg shows passengers gathering on the tarmac of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport. (Photo: Taylor ElenburgAFP)
President Barack Obama has also been briefed on the developing situation.
The shooter, who wore a "Star Wars" T-shirt, said nothing as he fired, witnesses told MSNBC. He appeared to use a 9 mm handgun, which he tossed aside upon running out of ammunition Cheap Seattle Seahawks Hats , surrendering to police, MSNBC reported.
The Florida attack was the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent years, some inspired by militants with an extreme view of Islam, others who are loners or mentally disturbed who have easy access to weapons under US gun laws.
About 90 minutes after the attack, panic broke out anew with passengers and police running frantically about at a separate terminal, but Israel said there were no other reports of shots being fired.
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