Visit by Antonio Tajani and Maroš Šefčovič to Slovakia
Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, and Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, visited Slovakia on 9 July 2013.
The aim of their visit was to see how the country is supporting key industries such as the automotive and steel sectors, as well as the tourism sector.
They met with Robert Fico, Slovak Prime Minister, and representatives from the industries concerned. And they visited a number of production facilities around the country.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Flags - left to right - Železiarne Podbrezová company's flag, Slovakia, EU, Italy, Železiarne Podbrezová company's flag
||Meeting at Železiarne Podbrezová: Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, and Vladimír Soták, Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Director of Železiarne Podbrezová
||Antonio Tajani speaking
||Maroš Šefčovič speaking
||EU delegation visiting the production plant (5 shots)
||Joint press conference by Antonio Tajani, Maroš Šefčovič and Robert Fico, Slovak Prime Minister:Statement by Robert Fico (in SLOVAK)
||Statement by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN)
||Meeting at Peugeot/Citroen's
||Visit in the production plant (3 shots)
||Statement by Maroš Šefčovič (in ENGLISH) saying that the Slovak Government, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Economy are very pleased that they had a chance to talk with Antonio Tajani and himself about their priorities - which are key for the Slovak economy – in the car industry, steel production or the tourism, and also about the feeling of many entrepreneurs in Slovakia that the administrative burden is still very high in the EU; they could explain their points of view and they ended up in mutual agreement on the working priorities for growth; their priority is to cooperate, to exchange views, so that they can on both sides achieve better results in the future.
||Statement by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH) saying that Slovakia is very important for the EU's industrial policy because in this country there are many companies in the steel sector and the automotive sector; he wants to back these two very important key sectors for growth and jobs; to fight the crisis it is crucial to back the real economy, internal market, industry, and small and medium sized companies; and in Slovakia, it is important to work with the Government.