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PM Ponta praises Austrian investments in meeting with Chancellor Faymann

Following a meeting with Austria’s Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, Premier Victor Ponta told a joint press conference at Victoria Palace that the economic relations between Romania and Austria are “excellent,” pointing out that Austrian investments are extremely important for the country’s economic development. He referred to both large companies such as Erste and OMV and to small and medium companies that created jobs in Romania. “I wanted to assure Chancellor Faymann of the fact that these companies are extremely appreciated and that the Romanian Government will always be positive towards investments made by Austrian companies,” Ponta stated. The Premier also stated that he shares Chancellor Faymann’s vision on the need for Europe to be more united, to show more solidarity, to invest more in economic growth and job creation. “I’m convinced that Austria and Romania will continue to collaborate excellently, both for bilateral relations and for a more united Europe,” the Prime Minister pointed out.Chancellor Faymann expressed his confidence that Romania’s situation will gradually improve. “And I’m sure that in this way, given the policy that Romania follows, her chances grow and her situation will improve with time, because all these things have to do with confidence,” the Austrian official added. He pointed out that Austria has high exports, particularly to neighboring states or states that are located a bit farther away: “So one can state that we are not only net contributors to the EU budget, but also the beneficiaries of a harmonious economic development in the European area and this is what I understand by solidarity, when the whole European region develops, when the living standards grow in all EU states and the unemployment level drops. Only then can we talk of the Euro Area’s harmonious development.” According to the Austrian chancellor, his vision is not shared by all EU members, there being “opinions that one could act in a selfish manner, not in a shoulder-to-shoulder manner.” “Because of that, it’s important, in my opinion, for this framework that has a 7-year outlook (the 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework – editor’s note) to be accomplished, and not just a temporary framework to be extended on a yearly basis, because a 7-year outlook is something you can rely on, while a yearly provisional state is something that does not offer stability,” Faymann explained. The visit paid by the Austrian official came against the backdrop of ongoing negotiations on the EU’s 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework. We remind our readers that on Tuesday the Romanian Prime Minister met his Slovakian counterpart Robert Fico.Austria does not promote the use of the veto right during the adoption of the EU’s next multi-annual financial framework, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann stated yesterday during a press conference organized at the Victoria Palace, after the meeting he had with Premier Victor Ponta. The Austrian official expressed his interest in obtaining a consensus-based result. “Of course Austria has two positions in this context, namely, on one hand as a net contributor (to the EU budget – editor’s note): if other countries receive an allowance of course we would be happy to receive the same allowance in this sense. The second position is that of a country that has great interest in supporting farmers in mountainous areas (given the country’s geographic characteristics – editor’s note). (…) We are not promoting the use of the veto right, that’s not what interests us; we’re interested in obtaining a consensus-based result. I’ve always taken this line and I very explicitly expressed this thing today too,” Werner Faymann stated, being quoted by hotnews.ro.

 

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