Vienna, 13 May 2013 – “Europe will have to consolidate further while promoting growth at the same time. Europe will therefore have to invest in future-oriented initiatives in order not to fall back behind the USA, China or India in international competition. The expansion of the broadband network would be one such example of an investment into the future”, State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka said on his DARUM EUROPA information tour that brought him to A1 Telekom in Vienna today, where he discussed this topic with the telecommunication provider’s employees. “We must not forget, however, that the entire EU has an annual budget of no more than 125 billion euros available for 27 member states and all the programmes and projects. This is less than Austria has available as annual budget at federal, regional and community level. It would be wrong to believe that Europe has the funds to solve all major challenges immediately. The member states still have a lot of responsibility of their own, mainly with regard to reducing their national debts and fighting unemployment.”
In the framework of his information tour, the State Secretary discusses questions about Europe and the benefits and drawback of the European Union with the workforce at various Austrian companies.
“It is a fact that we all profit from the four freedoms of the EU: free movement of goods, free movement of services, free movement of capital and free movement of people. The EU also ensures a higher degree of consumer protection. The cost of calling people in other EU countries by mobile phone, for example, has been reduced by up to sixty percent”, the State Secretary said. “To preserve our unique European model of values, healthcare and social systems, we will have to remain competitive, manage our budgets responsibly and do our homework”, the State Secretary concluded.
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