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Commissioner Hahn at public youth event "Europe - your choice!"

(19 May 2014)

Commissioner Hahn at public youth event

Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, attended a public debate with more than 1000 pupils in Vienna, organised by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of the forthcoming EU elections. The Commissioner used the opportunity to explain the functioning of the EU and in particular, the role and work of the European Commission. One of the main issues addressed by the young audience was the high unemployment in Europe.

The Commissioner stressed that the fight against unemployment would remain a top priority on the agenda of the next Commission: "The reformed Regional Policy which was transformed into a genuine investment policy, will contribute considerably to offering new and sustainable job perspectives. We have, for example, doubled the support for SMEs which are the backbone of European economy and the main creators of jobs". The Commissioner encouraged the youth in this context to take the initiative to found enterprise: "Europe needs a new spirit of entrepreneurship and this is a rewarding opportunity for the youth!"          

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