On 10 January 2013 on the occasion of the Irish Presidency of the Council, a debate on the future of Europe took place in Dublin.
The participants in the Debate brought themes forward which focused on concrete needs of families, working women, consumers, young job-seekers as well as on issues like as resource efficiency, climate change or fundamental rights.
This video shows extracts of vox pops.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that he hopes it will be quiet lively; that there will be a mixed of views; saying that there is a lot of anger towards the EU since the crises developed in Ireland; saying that he thinks that there will be some positive messages from those who benefited from the Union, particularly some charities and organisations who benefited from having access to funding and also the European organisation and the promotion they get off it.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that she thinks that this the debate will help bring people closer to Europe if problems are listened, if solutions are given; Saying that if the European organizations don't do anything about problems, it will just draw people away from the European Union.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that this is a public debate, different topics are going to be brought up so there is no real structure to the thing; saying that any thing could really be brought, she has been talking to a few different people around and there is a variety of different issues that people have, so she thinks it will be really interesting today.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that she hopes that people's problems will actually be listened to and hope s that a reasonable solution will be given or at least a probable solution, not something that they will just say for people to listen to now, but something that they will actually act in the future.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that the best way to spread a message among the youth is by the mean of social media. They see it on Facebook, they see it on Youtube, he is sure they could get even that 20minute of enthusiasm to write a comment, to form an opinion.
||Soundbite by a participant (in FRENCH) saying that this is a good thing because this platform allows Irish people to give their opinion on the future of Europe.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that she asks them to focus on the people who are disadvantaged in Irish society, the people who are in poverty, or the elderly people or the young people, because she doesn't think that a lot of voice is given to those; so if someone actually speaks for them, it will get people closer to the EU, because it will give a fair advantage to everyone.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that she doesn't know if she would ask a question in general, but she is interested in the area of youth unemployment; saying that she is from the South East and it is actually one of the highest unemployment with 50% of young people unemployed down there; so she has been chatting to some people and she likes the idea of creating the idea of what they would do for employment rather than focusing on unemployment; so what kind of plans do they have to get employment for young people?
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that he thinks the debate was very interesting, he himself is from Poland and has just recently became an Irish citizen; so he is very interested in Irish economy and he used to be interested in Polish as well.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that it is always interesting when you have a face to face with those, what she calls the "big people", the remote people, but they came to them and that was important for her anyway; they came to them and they listened to them and they responded to them.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that he thinks the event was really useful and he got chance to meet a lot of people, like minded and they could share their opinions and he could hear what other people had to say and he thinks it was worth to come over.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that they were listened to, certainly they were listened to and in a very short period of time many views were expressed; saying that there were many direct questions, about the economics about the future, and she felt it was very well handled.
||Soundbite by a participant (in ENGLISH) saying that he heard quiet few interesting ideas and questions and those answers gave him a bigger picture about the European plan, for the Commissioners plan, for the Europe and for the coming years.