Participation of Viviane Reding in the debate on the Future of Europe, in Cadiz
End production: 27/09/2012 First transmission: 27/09/2012
On 27 September 2012, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, participated in the first of a series of dialogues with citizens from all walks of life, in Cadiz, Spain.
Until December 2013, Viviane Reding and the other members of the College of Commissioners will have dialogues across the EU Member States as well as on the internet with the online community. The dialogues will be listening exercises and the Commission expects debates about the concerns and needs of people as well as about the future of the EU by the end of this decade.
This video shows citizens giving their opinions following the event.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by a citizen (in ENGLISH): This is a very useful event in Europe. This is a meeting place for all those who are working with local authorities and to exchange views and new solutions for the future.
It is useful because we have a possibility to network and to meet new stakeholders and to discuss about possible common activities. We would like to ask Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, if it is possible to give a strong support to this annual priority next year.
||Soundbite by a citizen (in ENGLISH): This king of meeting takes place every three years and it is a very useful opportunity for people to meet and to exchange. The meeting has just started now and the working groups which are very interesting give many people an opportunity to have a lot of discussions.
||Soundbite by a citizen (in ENGLISH): I think it is interesting because what people try to do is to find a connection between the big institutions, the small ones, the cities. The citizens try to feel close to the political. It is in the municipal where you can find that. People don't mind what happens. Maybe in the State or maybe in the big institutions. But here you come and feel the citizens close. How are they going to make a real change in the political. How do they want to try and change their life? In the small life of their people. Not in the European Institutions. In the small towns.
||Soundbite by a citizen (in SPANISH) saying that he liked a lot because, whether this will change anything or not, just the fact that they have opened the doors of the Institutions, is very positive. He thinks that Viviane Reding is sincere and really wants to open the Institutions. It is a good initiative.
||Soundbite by a citizen (in SPANISH) saying that Viviane Reding has been talking as equals with citizens. What matters to him is not only to be heard, but to be taken into account all what they said in this debate in time of making decisions. It is a good initiative because people need to be part of the new process of the European integration. The European Union has to be started from the citizens, from the people themselves, not only between governments. He thinks he has been heard and hopes to see it reflected in the Commission's initiatives to advance towards a new Europe.
||Soundbite by a citizen (in ENGLISH): I believe this event is really positive for the citizens, for all of us because we believe that we are now heard, that the European Union is eyes and ears for us and that our objectives, our stories are being heard. I believe this reunion today with Viviane Reding was really important for us because it gave us a voice in European Union about what we are looking for, about our needs, about what we believe as European citizens. All my questions were answered. It is quite positive that my message got to the right place. It is true that my questions and my involvement here was a political one as well so the European message goes there very well and I hope that the administration and the national actors take account of my contribution and learn from my experience and for what I represent and what our needs are.