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WWWforEurope Lecture Series


A Basic European Unemployment Insurance

László Andor



September 29th, 2014, 13:15 – 15:00

Vienna University of Economics, Teaching Center, Room 1.01 (OeNB)

Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna


"A basic European unemployment insurance scheme would provide a limited and predictable short-term fiscal stimulus to economies undergoing a downturn in the economic cycle - something that every country is going to experience sooner or later. With its automatic and countercyclical character, a basic European unemployment insurance scheme could boost market confidence in the EMU and thus help to avoid repeating vicious circles of downgrades, austerity and internal devaluation in the eurozone. It would help to uphold domestic demand and therefore economic growth in Europe as a whole."

László Andor was until recently the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. He studied Economics in Budapest and Manchester and he holds a PH.D from the Hungarian Academy of Science. Before becoming commissioner, he was Member of the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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Welcome and introduction by Christoph Badelt, Rector of WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Commentaries by Sonja Schneeweiss, Federal Chancellery (download her presentation), Helmut Mahringer, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Josef Wöss, Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, and Michal Polak, Slovak Ministry of Finance.



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WWWforEurope Press Release

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Press Reactions to Commissioner László Andors WWWforEurope Lecture

Media coverage of former EU Commissioner László Andors WWWforEurope Lecture "A Basic European Unemployment Insurance" at Vienna University of Economics on September 29th, 2014.

undefinedInterview with László Andor in Die Presse: "Die EU zwingt keinen, überspendabel zu sein"

undefinedDer Standard Article: "Andor wirbt für EU-weite Arbeitslosenversicherung"

undefinedTiroler Tageszeitung Article: "Europäische Arbeitslosenversicherung - Andor: EU braucht Solidarität"

undefinedKronen Zeitung Article: "Kommissar wirbt für EU-weite Versicherung"