Event of "Tomorrow’s Europe": debat with the participation of Margot Wallström
End production: 17/09/2007 First transmission: 18/09/2007
A scientifically representative sample of the European population, composed of several hundreds of citizens selected through a poll held in the 27 Member States of the EU, were informed in a balanced manner and brought together for three days of deliberation. They discussed the political and institutional future of the European Union. They were then polled again. To mark the launch of this project, Tommorrow's Europe invited a selected number of European politicians to discuss about Europe, such as Valery Giscard d'Estaing, Former Chairman of the European Convention, Giuliano Amato, Italian Minister for the Interior and Former Vice-Chairman of the European Convention, and Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Solvay library
||Arrival of Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy
||General view of the conference room (2 shots)
||Margot Wallström (in ENGLISH) saying that citizens still don't feel that they are on board, even if the train is back on track; the EU cannot actually arrive at any station in the future without citizens, without listening to them; she thinks and hopes that this project will give some ideas on how they can understand public opinion better, how they can engage with citizens; and this will improve their chances to take good decisions that really matter to citizens
||Jens-Peter Bonde, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that the legal obligations are the same; the difference is on presentation; they take away the word "constitution", but it is a constitutional set-up that there is already; so there is no real change
||Giuliano Amato, Italian Minister for the Interior and Former Vice-Chairman of the European Convention, (in ENGLISH) saying that anybody saying in the United Kingdom that this has remained a Constitution and that as such needs a referendum, only wants to prevent Gordon Brown from winning the elections; this is a politically legitimate purpose, but technically and legally the argument is wrong
||Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Former Chairman of the European Convention, (in ENGLISH) saying that this confusion is partly due to the fact that goverments prefer to create confusion; when there is a difficult problem, they say that the EU should address this problem; and when they are getting results, these are government's results; a typical case is Social Europe
||General view of the conference (7 shots)