Extracts from the press conference by Viviane Reding on the presentation of the EU Citizenship Report 2013
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 8 May 2013, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, gave a press conference on the EU Citizenship Report 2013 at the European Commission, in Brussels.
On this date, the European Commission unveiled a new push to reinforce EU citizens’ rights with a series of actions to tackle obstacles that citizens still face in their everyday life. The 2013 EU Citizenship Report sets out 12 concrete ways to help Europeans make better use of their EU rights, from looking for a job in another EU country to ensuring stronger participation in the democratic life of the Union. Key proposals include making it easier for people to work and do training in another EU country; reducing excessive paperwork for EU citizens living and travelling in the EU; and eliminating barriers to cross-border shopping. During the European Year of Citizens, the EU Citizenship Report is the Commission's answer to the numerous calls from EU citizens who have shared problems they have experienced when travelling, moving to or shopping in another EU country.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Arrival of Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, to the press conference on EU Citizenship Report 2013
||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): This is a special year because it is the European Year of Citizens. And I can tell you it takes more than just a year to tear down barriers citizens are still experimenting in their daily lives. It doesn't take only words. It, most of all, takes actions. This is what the Commission is delivering today in its second EU Citizenship Report: 12 concrete actions to make life simpler for the citizens; to boost their rights wherever they work, travel or shop across our Union.
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||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): The first one is the problem that we have jobs and no workers in one Member State and workers and no jobs in the other Member States so how to bring the two together? We should enable Europeans to benefit from job opportunities in other EU countries because labour mobility is Europe's chance to battle the crisis and we have seen how positive labour mobility was for the European Union.
||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): We do have to raise Member States' awareness about taking measures so that no citizen in the future will be deprived of his or her right to vote at national election.
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||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): In parallel, the Commission also adopted the latest report on the Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. This document has been put into practice by the EU institutions, by the European and by national courts. What difference does it make to EU citizens? That is what we analyse in this report.