Extracts from the joint press conference by Viviane Reding and Maroš Šefčovič on a Recommendation calling upon European political parties to nominate their candidate for the function of President of the EC
Type: Complete press conference
End production: 12/03/2013 First transmission: 12/03/2013
Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, held a joint press conference on 12 March 2013 in Strasbourg, concerning the 2014 European Parliament elections. The European Commission adopted a recommendation under which political parties should nominate a candidate for European Commission President in the next European elections and they should display their European political party affiliation. The proposals aim to better inform voters about the issues at stake in the next European Parliament elections, encourage a Europe-wide debate and ultimately improve voter turnout. The Commission is also calling on Member States to agree on a common voting date for the elections, traditionally spread out over a period of four days.
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||Arrival of Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
||SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH) saying that they came very quickly to an agreement on a political recommendation of the Commission concerning the upcoming European elections and to make those more democratic; they have been listening very carefully to the political parties, who told them that things have to change for the next European elections; the President of the Commission made a very clear intervention in this regard in his State of the Union speech.
||SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH) saying that 62% of people think having party candidates for Commission President and a single voting day would bolster the outcome.
||SOUNDBITE by Maroš Šefčovič (in ENGLISH) saying that through the efforts and the recommendation measures and also through this new European legal statute for the European political parties, they are actually going to contribute to the creation and formation of the true European political space where there will be one European political campaign before the European Parliamentary elections and not 27 fragmented national campaigns.
||SOUNDBITE by Maroš Šefčovič (in ENGLISH) saying that these are the efforts from the side of the Commission not only to create a true European political space, but also to give the citizens the instruments to be part of the EU process, to be engaged, to be interested and of course to make sure that the European Parliamentary elections are truly European and not dominated only by national topics, which was often the case in the past.