Visit of José Manuel Barroso to Vienna: extracts from the joint press point with Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor
Type: Summary of press conference
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, held a joint press briefing after their meeting on 4 April 2013 in Vienna.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, (in GERMAN) saying that they believe that if everyone is well off then purchasing power will be strengthened, competitiveness will be strengthened and Europe strong enough for more growth; it is good for export, it is good for the economy and of course it is good for employment; this is why they stick to their foreseeable path; it is necessary to join forces in order to overcome the problems of a crisis that is not yet over; there is a long and arduous way ahead and it can only be managed with solidarity.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Union is acting with determination on several fronts to allow confidence to come back and to reinforce stability; stability that is also important for growth; their most important concern is growth and jobs and they agree that without financial stability this cannot be achieved.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that they have placed the fight against unemployment at the heart of their comprehensive crisis response; people discuss the European policy in terms of fiscal consolidation and correcting imbalances; this is part of the response and it is indispensable, but it is not all the response; fighting unemployment, namely youth unemployment, is a top priority.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that he is confident that the successful Austrian model continues to inspire others in coping with the social consequences of the crisis; saying that, once again, he wants to congratulate Austrian Chancellor Faymann for the very good results in terms of the fight against unemployment; saying that his experience deserves great attention from all over Europe.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the EC is establishing a Banking Union and an Economic and Monetary Union architecture that, hopefully, will prevent to have some kind of crisis like the ones we have been experiencing - like the one in Cyprus.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that he is happy that an agreement was found, and this agreement ended more than a year of uncertainty regarding Cyprus; he hopes this agreement will help the country on its way back to financial stability, to sustainable public finances and to a business model that is worth its name; it will also help to restore stability and confidence in the euro as a whole.
||José Manuel Barroso and Werner Faymann shaking hands and leaving