Debate on the Future of Europe, in Berlin: vox pops
End production: 10/11/2012 First transmission: 10/11/2012
Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, was in Berlin, Germany, on 10 November 2012, to participate in a debate on the Future of Europe.
In this video, citizens give their feelings about the debate and its role in bringing the EU closer to the citizens.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Paul Kortländer (in ENGLISH) saying that these events bring the EU closer to the citizens because they give them an opportunity to make themselves heard, to ask questions on the future of the EU, what the EU plans to do to address issues that they have; it's a very good opportunity to get answers directly from people from the European Parliament or the European Commission and not only to read them in papers or see them on television.
||Soundbite by Monika Schulz-Strelow (in ENGLISH) saying that this debate was a very good beginning that the Commissioner is coming down to earth and is walking around, not sitting on a chair, but talking to the people, open to their questions, answering every question; it's so necessary because the Commission seems to be so far away from the people's needs and thoughts.
||Soundbite by Dilek Özdemir (in ENGLISH) saying that the voices tonight were heard, in a way, because the citizens could ask questions and get answers; but it's just a little step and there should be more events like this one.
||Soundbite by Paul Kortländer (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU is a large peace project, but for the younger generations that haven't experienced war times the EU needs a new issue for the younger generations to identify with the EU.
||Soundbite by Gemma Terés (in ENGLISH) saying that this kind of debate does not bring the EU closer to the citizens because the citizens who participated were already interested in the EU, are very sensitive to these European topics; this kind of forum should gain other citizens who usually don't worry about the EU or just complain about the EU; these people were not there at the debate.