23.01.2013
Faymann responds to Cameron: "Europe's true concern is youth unemployment"

The Federal Chancellor calls on the British Prime Minister to cooperate at EU level and to compromise

"At this very moment, one topic should be on top of the agenda of Europe and its politicians: 5.5 million unemployed young people, their future and their opportunities. Unfortunately, David Cameron said nothing about this in his speech today. And he also did not tell us what he plans to do for the 20 percent of young people in Great Britain who are jobless", stated Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann in his reaction to today’s speech of the British Prime Minister. Faymann emphasised the need for reforms in Europe, "but reforms mean that you have a clear opinion and that you are willing to respond to the views of others, that you have to support a compromise reached and to stand up for this compromise in your own country."

According to the Chancellor, the high number of unemployed persons in Europe should not be accepted by politicians. "People who are jobless in Europe will not be able to benefit from a free, uncontrolled market. No job, no prospects, no future. It is wrong to let the market take care of everything and to believe that everything will be alright after liberalisation. The water market liberalisation in Great Britain, which has been mentioned repeatedly as a positive example by David Cameron, has had mainly one effect: drastically increasing costs for the citizens." A common market also required common, strict rules, this had become evident in the financial markets during the past years.

"Europe needs reforms and Europe must carry along its citizens. For this very reason, Austria is of the opinion that further reforms should be discussed in a Convention – so as to carry along and involve as many people as possible", said Faymann. To choose isolation for a lack of compromising, as now suggested by Cameron, was the wrong approach, said the Federal Chancellor. "This is not a serious policy, this is not in the interest of the citizens and of Europe’s economy and it is by no means in the interest of the citizens and the economy of Great Britain."