Extracts from the Debate on the Future of the Europe, with the participation of Viviane REDING, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
Première transmission: 10/01/2013
Commission , Dublin, City Hall
Fin de production: 10/01/2013
the Commission will launch the European Year with an open debate with over 200 citizens in Dublin City Hall. The debate will mark the start of a year filled with events dedicated to citizens and their rights as Europeans.
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of EU citizenship, introduced by the Maastricht Treaty in 1993. It is also one year before the European Parliament elections. At this crucial juncture in the move towards a stronger Europe, it is a fitting time to dedicate 2013 to EU citizens and their rights.
Throughout the year 2013, Vice-President Reding and other EU Commissioners will join forces with national and local politicians to hold debates with citizens all across Europe – to listen to them and answer their questions
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||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Enda Kenny, Irish Taoiseach and Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
||General view of the audience (2 shots)
||Arrival of Vivane Reding and Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs for the debate
||SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding (In English) saying that: What is the problem in Greece? They never built up a system where the taxation is being paid by those who have the money and those who have the money escaped this taxation whereas those who have little need to pay and that is why from all over the country we put our experts there to build up a system of taxation so that this doesn't happen anymore. We have seen a lot of deficits happening but we have also given the freedom to the member states in order to take those measures they need to take in order to restore a healthy situation.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Lucinda Creighton (In English) saying that: The first thing that we have to acknowledge and accept is that young people, not only in Ireland but across Europe and particularly in countries that are in acute crisis at the moment: the program countries, Spain and other, young people are the people who have suffered most trough this crisis, young people are the ones who are not in a position to gain employment now, young people are the ones who when we talk about reforms and cuts in spending in public service for example are now taking the brunt of it, taking the hit.
||SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding (In English) saying that: That is also one of the ideas of the citizen's dialogue to share more. What you are saying here will not stay here; it will be going out throughout Europe. All the others citizen's dialogue will be linked to this and there will be a citizen's report coming out of this which will be shared also by the European Parliament.
||General view of the debate room
||SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding (In English) saying that: Let's take advantage of this female talent that we have educated, we all together, the families. 65% of the university graduates here in this country are women. What an investment from the families, from the girls themselves, from the young women into this training, and then we forget them. We can't afford that anymore and that is why the European commission is leading all these policies in order to give female talent a real chance.
||Viviane Reding and Lucinda Creighton
||Cutaway of the audience