Visit of José Manuel Barroso to Austria: extracts from the joint press briefing with Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor
Type: Complete press conference
On 20 June 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, travelled to Vienna, Austria and paid a visit to Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor. On this occasion, they gave a joint press conference following their meeting and underlined that fighting youth employment and support to SMEs are European top priorities for the upcoming European Council, scheduled for 27-28 June 2013.
José Manuel Barroso also called for the next European Council to agree on practical measures to get Europe growing again, focused on youth employment and financing for SMEs. To drive forward an agreement at the European Council, the Commission has adopted three contributions on tackling youth unemployment, better regulation and the review of the compact for growth and jobs. These were adopted on the same date, with a fourth, a joint report with the European Investment Bank on increasing lending to the economy, to be adopted shortly. This package of initiatives will help Europe to make a difference in getting people back in work, allowing companies to hire staff and invest, and enabling banks to provide lending to the real economy. These contributions demonstrate that collective action at the EU level will have a bigger impact than isolated individual measures nationally.
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||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, before the beginning of their joint press conference, in Vienna
||Soundbite by Werner Faymann (in GERMAN) saying that they discussed some very important questions. First, their concern about unemployment and, particularly, youth unemployment which is a focus on the preparation of the European Council. Six billion Euros will be the first step and are to be invested at the beginning but also a guarantee on a traineeship positions in a dual education system.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Let me start by expressing the European Commission solidarity with the victims of the recent terrible floods in Austria. We commend the efforts of the local and national services including the many volunteers to help the people affected and we stand ready to assist Austria with our solidarity fund that Austria requested.
||Soundbite by Werner Faymann (in GERMAN) saying that economic development, economic growth and employment are issues that are pressing today in European cooperation. To enhance cooperation, to move forward on these issues will help them to promote growth and competitiveness in Europe.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): On youth unemployment, we are mobilising all the tools we have at European level to support Member States in combating youth unemployment. I hope that at the next European Council we will be in a position to turn commitments into determined actions. We have to address our citizens' needs even more vigorously and the most important concern at European level is the concern of employment. I believe it is time to develop a European consensus on the practical ways to resolve the crisis.
||José Manuel Barroso and Werner Faymann leaving the press conference