Gunnar Hökmark underlines the importance of stimulating economic growth in Europe

Gunnar HökmarkThis week the European Commission presented its 10-year strategy for reviving the European economy. At a European Movement seminar on the Europe 2020 Strategy in the premises of the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU, Swedish MEP Gunnar Hökmark, Chairman of the EPP working group on Economic Policy, said that:

– Reforms aimed at stimulating stable economic growth are the only way forward if we are to achieve the ambitious political goals for European progress towards 2020 set out this week by the European Commission.

– Completion of the internal market to facilitate cross border utilisation of goods, services and investment capital is a first priority to achieve jobs and further integration. Also essential for the success of the EU2020 strategy are stable public finances, increased competition and deregulation, as well as enhanced European competitiveness.

– The way out of the current crises, to grow the economy and employment, is to stimulate cohesion and create an economic environment where enterprises grow and entrepreneurship is encouraged. The EPP political family, dominating both the European Institutions and a majority of national governments is a guarantee that this vision for the upcoming 10 years can be achieved. The EPP policies of an open flexible economy on an integrated European market create the desired dynamics. Social democrats all over Europe prefer excessive regulation, subsidies, public spending and deficits that will drive debts and interest rates high curbing growth and prosperity, concludes Gunnar Hökmark. 

 The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 72 member-parties from 39 countries, the Presidents of the Commission, Council, and Parliament, 13 EU and 6 non-EU heads of state and government, 13 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.

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Javier Jiménez, EPP Press Officer, Tel: +32-47548044
Per Heister, EPP Group Press Officer, Tel: + 32-496645530