Debate on the Future of Europe, in Graz: vox pops
End production: 05/11/2012 First transmission: 06/11/2012
On 5 November 2012, a debate on the future of Europe was held in Graz, Austria. Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and Michael Spindelegger, Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, discussed with citizens about the crisis and about their ideas where the EU should be in 2020 in terms of rights, policies and governance.
In this video, citizens give their feelings about the debate and how they see the EU and its relations with the European citizens.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Vox Pop of Markus Hauser (in ENGLISH) saying that such debates are very useful because one of the biggest problems of Europe, in his opinion, is that the European Union seems so far away; so it's good if it comes closer to the people.
||Vox Pop of Christian Rabini (in ENGLISH) saying that what he expects to hear is something about why in the media there is only a discussion about EU bashing and not so much about what's actually at stake if we loose the euro of if we loose a tight union as we have now.
||Vox Pop of Markus Hauser (in ENGLISH) saying that the main problem of Europe is to communicate Europe to the people because many people think the European Union is a bad think – which he doesn't think; so hopefully the communication between the officials in the European Union and the people will be better in the future.
||Vox Pop of Sarah Reindl (in ENGLISH) saying that if you want your voice to be heard, you are working for it; most of the people never do this and then they come and give their opinion and raise their voice, and then they have the feeling that they are heard by the EU.
||Vox Pop of Barbara Reithmayer (in ENGLISH) saying that there were some hundreds of people participating over two hours; there was a very lively discussion and actually yes, she's confident, she's sure that this will bring Europe closer to the citizens; but it shouldn't be an exceptional thing, and it doesn't always have to be the Commissioner who comes to explain what Europe is all about, it should be more often, through local politicians, so they are forced to confront themselves to what Europe is.