Steyr, 21. September 2012 Press release

Let’s talk about Europe

Open and direct debate at the EU – Townhall Meeting in Steyr with Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Spindelegger

Steyr, 21 September 2012 – Following the success of the kick-off event in Mautern in June, the second EU – Townhall Meeting, a dialogue with citizens about Europe, was held at the “Arbeitswelt” Museum in Steyr today. Dialogue and exchange events with the people are planned to be held in all Federal Provinces. With these meetings, Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Spindelegger and the representation office of the European Commission in Vienna are facilitating a direct and open debate about the European Union that revolves around the questions, worries and issues of Austrians about the European Union.

In addition to Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Spindelegger, MoEP Josef Weidenholzer and Upper Austrian Minister for Economic and European Affairs Josef Sigl and others answered the questions put by the many people who took part in the discussion at Steyr.

Concerns, such as the demand for a better explanation of the EU crisis-mitigation mechanisms, were expressed and questions about the future of the European Union asked. Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Spindelegger on the question of benefits of the EU that people can notice in their everyday lives: “Many things have become a matter of course for us that have only been made possible by the European Union. Think of the freedom of travel in Europe, our common currency and comprehensive consumer production. In Austria as an exporter country that makes six out of ten euros from exports, many jobs depend directly on the European internal market. In Upper Austria, in particular, and also here in Steyr, there are numerous innovative and successful export oriented companies that stand their ground in global competition.”

On 5 November, Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Spindelegger, regional and EU politicians as well as representatives of the social partners will answer the questions of the people at the next EU – Townhall Meeting in Graz.

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