José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Vienna where he met with Heinz Fischer, Federal President of Austria, Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, and Michael Spindelegger, Austrian Federal Vice-Chancellor and Minister for European and International Affairs. The need to reinforce stability and build confidence in the EU, particularly following the agreement on Cyprus, was the major topic of the day.
José Manuel Barroso also highlighted the importance of the Banking Union for financial stability. Regarding the fight against youth unemployment he thanked Austria for supporting the EC's proposals on the Europe-wide youth guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative. The President then commended the successful Austrian model in coping with the social consequences of the crisis.
José Manuel Barroso eventually participated in the joint conference "Reseo - Opera Europa: Citizenship".