On Tuesday (3 February), Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth met his Spanish counterpart, Secretary of State Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, in the Federal Foreign Office. The talks focused on the current economic and social situation in Europe.
The meeting focused on the current economic and social situation in Europe. Both men agreed that the three-track strategy comprising investment, budget consolidation and structural reform was the right path for Europe. The German Minister of State for Europe said Spain’s development was an example that this path, albeit difficult, led to success.
Roth considered the current forecast by the European Commission, according to which Spain will experience 1.7% growth this year, to be an encouraging sign for economic upswing and strong social cohesion. Unemployment rates were likely to fall in Spain, he continued.
Following the talks, Minister of State Roth commented as follows:
The EU responded to the social turmoil. Together, we agreed on a political approach centred on growth, employment and social cohesion. We will continue to do all we can to counter youth unemployment. Under President Juncker, the European Commission has launched an investment programme which now has to be put into action.