First EC Vice President Timmermans visits Austria
On his visit to Vienna on 2 July 2015, First EC Vice President Frans Timmermans, responsible for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, met with Austrian Vice-Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner, Minister of Science, Research and Economy, to discuss regulations and interinstitutional issues.
Amongst other discussion issues such as TTIP, the Vice-President and the Vice-Chancellor also discussed, and agreed on, the importance of reducing bureaucratic barriers and of stimulating the EU internal market, supporting investment and creating jobs. On 19 May 2015, the European Commission had published its new Better Regulation Package, setting out how it proposes to deliver its commitment to better regulation over the coming years. The measures the Commission intends to take include, amongst others, a second wave of simplification measures for the implementation Horizon 2020 which is currently being prepared
After their bilateral meeting, Mr. Mitterlehner and Mr. Timmermans participated in the "EU Citizens Dialogue" which had been organised by the Commission. Speaking at the event, Mr. Mitterlehner highlighted the wide range of benefits of being an EU member for Austria, particularly with regard to its economy. Amongst others, he also emphasised the positive effects of EU membership and participation in EU funding programmes with regard to the higher education area and the research area, saying that Austria is successful above average when competing for excellence funding: "Our researchers successfully engage in Europe, which strengthens the innovative capacity of the entire country", the Vice-Chancellor said.
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Photo: Vice-President Timmermans and Vice-Chancellor Mitterlehner (by BMWFW / Franz Hartl/HBF)