Extracts from the launch of the European year of citizens with the participation of José Manuel Barroso, Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 10/01/2013 First transmission: 10/01/2013
The European Commission and the Irish Presidency launched the European Year of Citizens 2013 with an open debate with over 200 citizens in Dublin City Hall on 10 January 2013.
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, and Eamon Gilmore, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, held a joint press conference on this occasion.
The debate marked 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, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, 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, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science
||Group photo, from left to right: Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Eamon Gilmore, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, José Manuel Barroso, Naoise Ó Muirí, Mayor of Dublin, Enda Kenny, Viviane Reding and Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs
||Group photo, from left to right: Eamon Gilmore, Naoise Ó Muirí, José Manuel Barroso and Enda Kenny
||General view of the press conference room
||SOUNDBITE by Enda Kenny (in ENGLISH) saying that this European Year of Citizens gives individuals, gives people, gives you, a chance to consider what Europe means to you and what you can achieve for and in the European Union, how to take the fullest benefit of membership to improve your life and that of your community; in Ireland they have a proud democratic history where constitutional reform is approved by popular vote; this has empowered the Irish people, giving them valuable insight and input into the changes affecting their European involvement that take place overtime. (5 shots)
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Eamon Gilmore (in ENGLISH) saying that we need a greater engagement by citizens across the European Union on the issues that affect us all; the European Union is a union of rights set out in writing and guaranteed by law; tn the European Year of Citizens, the Irish Presidency's aim will be to ensure that people know their right s and know how to exercise them. (3 shots)
||General view of the room
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that constructive criticism does not pose a threat to the European project, but pessimism and indifference do; the European Union is not a perfect construct; it is in constant evolution; it is what we decide to make of it; there are many things that can and should be done better and this European Year of Citizens offers new opportunities for helping to shape the European Union of the future; saying that he wants to see a real debate on how the European Union should evolve in the years to come, both in the economic and in the political sense, a debate which engages every citizen. (4 shots)
||General view of the audience