Mario Monti – BBC – a crippled EU labour market and obstacles to labour mobility

Mark Whitaker, for BBC radio, File on Four, interviewed  Mr Monti, myself and Dr Victoria Primhak, on foreign lecturers in Italian Universities being denied their rights under single market rules. The programme was broadcast on June 3 1997.

Mario Monti - a worrying asymmetry - in certain member states









Mark Whitaker: The rights of European people, haven’t,  Mr Monti (the European Commissioner responsible for the single market) admits, been a sufficient priority for Europe’s institutions.

Mario Monti : The Community, that is the Commission the other European  institutions and member states have concentrated greater efforts in achieving freedoms of movement for goods,  capital and services,  less so for people. Partly because of the original conception of European integration as being economically driven, partly because if we put ourselves in the position of each individual member state – one is happier if it receives capital than if it receives people.

If we look at different indicators of compliance with single market rules in particular the transposition of single market directives into national legislation there is presently a curious, and I would say worrying, asymmetry with some member states that are very keen on integration and in monetary integration particular lying towards the bottom of the league table,

Mark Whitaker:  You now under the Maastricht Treaty have the power to fine a country, will you do so?

Yes, we will do so – as we move closer to economic and monetary union it makes less and less sense to have a crippled EU labour market and obstacles to labour mobility and to mobility of people in general.


We wish Mr Monti every success in his new post as Italian Prime Minister

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5 Responses to Mario Monti – BBC – a crippled EU labour market and obstacles to labour mobility

  1. anne says:

    Perhaps you should remind Mr Monti of the programme. tell him about how fines were not levied, and inform him about the latest developments in the fight against Italian intransigeance towards lettori. Remind him that under the right circumstances highly educated people will produce capital or make a significant contribution towards enabling other people to produce capital, if that’s all he’s interested in.

  2. George Metcalf says:

    Mr Monti’s analysis back then was fairly sharp, but it says something that in the 14 years since he made those comments, labour mobility in the EU and Italian GDP have barely moved at all. Various commentators say they now expect Prime Minister Monti to kick start economic growth in Italy by tackling some of the various monopolies, castes, guilds and other vested interests that have held this country back for so long. That makes a very long “to-do” list, considering he’ll only have 18 months at the most, but let’s hope he finds time to take on the universties – Forza Mario!

  3. Peter Weber says:

    Mr. Monti chose primarily academics for his cabinet. So his ministers are well aware of the bad shape of things in Italian universities and they should be very keen on reforms for a better integration. But they should also know that it is impossible to reach this goal without better knowledge of foreign languages. Good luck, Super-Mario!

  4. I.Gavin says:

    One assumes that using resources well and getting value for money would be central to the new government’s thinking. Wasting state money by fighting court cases against foreign language lecturers (and in doing so going against European Court of Justice decisions) is a glaring example of pitiful housekeeping by successive Italian governments. Coughing up extra thousands of Euros in costly appeals instead of applying European law is simply not very clever economics.
    Let’s hope we get Super Mario doing the smart thing rather than another Half Monty performance from an Italian government

  5. Sylvie Depietri says:

    Italy need Europe and Europe need Italy. The foreign langage lecturers pending question is part of the process of restoring Italy reliability and trustworthiness. Let’s hope that mr Monti will take faith to his words.

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