Press conference by José Manuel Barroso on the 2013 country-specific recommendations: extracts
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 29 May 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, gave a press conference on the 2013 country-specific recommendations
The Commission has published country-specific recommendations for Member States along with an overarching communication on what is needed to return to growth and jobs.
The recommendations are based on a thorough assessment of every Member State's plans for sound public finances and economic reforms to boost growth and jobs.
This video shows extracts of this press conference.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, at the press conference
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Europe must move beyond the crisis. How to do this is set out in today's Commission package. Since each of our Member States is in a different situation it is only natural that sometimes they see solutions differently. But the European Commission has the obligation to look at Europe as a whole. What it does, and it is unique in that sense, is to offer a comprehensive response that is both tailored to individual Member States and good for the European economy as a whole.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): In the short term, recovery is hampered by the high levels of debt, both public and private debt, that have accumulated in many Member States, and because the repair of the banking sector is slow to bear fruit. Moreover, the size and urgency of the imbalances built up over several years have led to significant adjustments, which now have to be carried out simultaneously across Europe with a strong interdependence between the European Union economies.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): In the first place, labour market reforms, which are the best way to kick-start job creation: This will be particularly helpful for the young and the long-term unemployed, who have difficulty breaking into the jobs market. We have recommended that 20 Member States step up their action on this front by putting in place active labour market policies – for example, by beefing up public employment services, so they can provide personalised guidance for those seeking work, or by putting in place the Youth Guarantee, based on the Commission proposal already agreed by Member States.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): While fiscal consolidation is on-going and should continue with a pace that reflects the situation in each country, Member States should now intensify their efforts on structural reforms for competitiveness. The social emergency in many parts of Europe and the increasing level of inequalities in some regions add to the pressing need for reforms. But because many of these structural measures take time before delivering concrete results in terms of employment creation, specific focused action is needed to deliver short-term results for the unemployed, and especially the youth.
||Departure of José Manuel Barroso