Debate on the Future of Europe - Citizens' Dialogue in Thessaloniki: press conference by Viviane Reding
Type: Complete press conference
As the debate about the future of Europe and the consequences of the economic crisis is gathering pace, the European Commission is reaching out to different European towns to listen to citizens, their concerns and hopes for the future. On 22 March 2013, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, was in Thessaloniki to hold a debate with over 500 citizens.
The economic crisis and its impact on people's daily lives, EU citizens' rights and the future of the Union were at the centre of the debate between Viviane Reding and the citizens.
This video shows the press conference given by Viviane Reding following the debate.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Introduction remarks (in GREEK)
||Soundbite by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (in ENGLISH) saying that people in Greece is not used to be listened, to take the floor, to participate in a such debates; saying that her conclusion out of this is that they will quickly need to get used to this because it was the beginning; saying that she hopes it was the start of an exchange of views between political leaders, between elector representatives and citizens; saying that she hopes that many will take lesson of today that citizens want to participate; saying that she does not know if all the proposals given by the citizens can be put into practise but they have taken note of these and it will be taken into consideration; saying that she is here to listen what young people have to say and in the coming weeks and months, there will be results of this debate and all the others in other Member States; talking about her impression about this dialogue and saying that it is urgent to inform people about their rights; saying that there are Europe Direct Centres in every region of Greece and people can go and ask their questions but it is important to know that.