Pinkafeld, 3 June 2013 Press release

Lopatka: Burgenland has moved from the edge towards the centre of Europe

State Secretary Lopatka on DARUM EUROPA information tour in Pinkafeld, Burgenland

Pinkafeld, 3 June 2013 – On his DARUM EUROPA tour, Austrian State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka and the German Ambassador Detlev Rünger visited rmDATA in Pinkafeld, Burgenland, today where they discussed EU matters with the company workforce.

Since its foundation in 1984, rmDATA has become established as a leading supplier of survey software in Austria and offers survey and geo information as well as geo data management software. The company has been the number one survey software supplier in Austria for many years and is increasing its market share in Germany, Switzerland and South Tyrol, as well as Italy, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"Austrian small and medium-sized companies often assert themselves successfully on the European market with niche products and outstanding expertise, customised solutions and a high degree of flexibility. rmDATA from Burgenland is the perfect example: already the number one in Austria, it is now successfully conquering the German market", State Secretary Lopatka said.

"The Austrian province of Burgenland has made particularly good use of Austria's membership in the EU and has literally moved from the edge of Europe to its centre. Since Austria's accession to the EU, Burgenland has received investment and EU subsidies to the amount of more than 4 billion euros ", Lopatka said. "5,573 projects were approved between 2007 and 2012, with the overall investment totalling nearly 770 million euros. In 2012 alone, 1,978 new projects were approved. In future it will be important to profit to the greatest extent possible from the EU 2020 Strategy.  "Future programmes in Burgenland should focus mainly on research & development, employment growth, reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse emissions, as the EU is going to provide subsidies in these areas in particular", the State Secretary explained.

"In line with Europe in general, the demographic development in Burgenland poses major challenges. The population is ageing. The EU is home to no more than 7% of the world's population but it accounts for 25% of the worldwide economic output and 50% of global social spending. We need to stay competitive to maintain this performance and keep the European standard of living", Lopatka said. "In Austria it is mainly our small and medium-sized companies that ensure competitiveness, create jobs and contribute in an impressive manner to ensuring the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union", State Secretary Lopatka concluded.


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