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Press Releases

12.04.2006

Plassnik: “Focused investment in our future”

 

Foreign Minister and EU Council President Ursula Plassnik welcomed the adoption by the EU Member States of the multi-year financial framework for the period 2007 to 2013, in the committee of Permanent Representatives on Wednesday in Brussels. “The rapid assent of all Member States to the agreement achieved by the Austrian Presidency with the European Parliament and the Commission shows that we have negotiated well", said Plassnik.

“The new financial framework for the Union represents a focused and meaningful investment in our future. It will ensure that the Union remains able to act in the future and that it will be possible to initiate and implement EU programmes on time. This means, in particular, for new Member States, increased security in planning”, said Plassnik. The adoption of the agreement by the plenary session of the European Parliament is expected to take place in May.

Agreement was concluded with the European Parliament regarding targeted increases in areas affecting the future, namely young people and lifelong learning. Moreover, programmes such as research and development and trans-European transport networks, are being strengthened. These will effectively contribute to the creation of jobs and the increase in Europe’s economic productivity. “The Spring Summit placed distinct stress on increased employment and education for young people. With the achievement of this result, the European Union has emphasized its determination to encourage concrete measures for growth and employment”, said the Foreign Minister.

“The increase in financial resources for the common foreign policy of the EU and for the European Neighbourhood policy strengthens European peace and security policy to the advantage of our citizens. In this way, the creation of a common zone of peace, security and well-being in the EU neighbourhood can be intensified, and a real contribution can be made to the security of Europe and its citizens”, concluded Plassnik.

 

 

Date: 13.04.2006