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.
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