Meeting of President Barroso with German Vice Chancellor Philipp Rösler
President Barroso received on Tuesday morning Philipp Rösler, Vice Chancellor of Germany and Federal Minister for the Economy and Technology.
In a frank exchange, they notably discussed the policy mix needed to enhance growth, jobs and competitiveness. They agreed that this policy mix needs to encompass continued efforts towards sound public finances in full respect of the strengthened Stability and Growth Pact, reforms for competitiveness and targeted investment.
They also agreed that Germany and the Commission see eye to eye in this regard and underlined the need to stay the course.
They also discussed the need to work for a better understanding and support of this policy mix so as not to endanger its effectiveness.
Other topics raised were the envisaged reform of regional state aid, trade matters and the reform of the European Emissions Trading System (ETS).