Visit of José Manuel Barroso to Austria: joint press conference with Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor
Type: Complete press conference
End production: 31/01/2013 First transmission: 31/01/2013
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Austria on 31 January 2013.
Meeting with Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, he discussed the upcoming European Council on the MFF 2014 -2020 as an instrument for growth, jobs and solidarity. He pleaded in favour of stepping up the fight against youth unemployment which is a serious concern to him.
José Manuel Barroso and Werner Faymann held a joint press conference after their meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Speech by Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, (in GERMAN)
||Speech by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in GERMAN) saying that the meeting was an exchange of views on the multiannual financial framework of the European Union; they are both committed to working towards an agreement at the European Council; they see the future budget of the European Union as an important tool for growth and jobs, for investment in Europe's future in research and energy, for solidarity and as a means of addressing the major social challenges saying that the high youth unemployment level in Europe really worries him and he is firmly convinced that these additional measures at EU level are necessary; we need a rapid and ambitious agreement in this sense.
||Speech by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH):
Probably it's easier for you to understand if I speak in English now.
Speaking in the European Parliament two weeks ago, Chancellor Faymann has demonstrated his European commitment in a very important speech.
I am sure that Austria will continue to shape and inspire the path of European integration, for example with its national youth guarantee or its dual vocational training system. I therefore strongly hope that the Commission's proposal for an EU-wide youth guarantee will be adopted.
Austria also makes an important contribution to reaching our climate and energy targets. Just today I attended here in Vienna the R20 conference on our sustainable energy future, together with the chancellor and the R20 founder Arnold Schwarzenegger.
And of course, Austria was a driving force behind the Financial Transaction Tax. I am very pleased that now 11 Member States can move ahead. This is a victory of fairness! In the very near future, the Commission will table its legislative proposal to make it a reality.
Today, we also spoke about the state of the economy. We both agree that the existential threat of the euro lies behind us, but that at the same time further efforts are needed. This is true for fiscal consolidation and structural reforms. And it also applies to the overall architecture of the euro. We need to strengthen this architecture to make the euro rock-solid and underpin its irreversibility.
As the Commission has set out in its vision on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (the so called "blueprint"), this needs to be accompanied by a broad public debate and increased democratic legitimacy.
||Speech by José Manuel Barroso (in GERMAN) saying that he is absolutely certain that the citizens of Austria will actively and constructively participate in the debate and he is sure that Austria remains a reliable and important partner in the heart of Europe.
||Questions from journalists