Debate on the Future of Europe, in Sofia: vox pops
On 23 July 2013, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria, are getting together in Sofia, Bulgaria, to debate with over 250 citizens about the future of Europe. This is the 25th Citizens' Dialogue in a series of events European Commissioners, national and local politicians, as well as Members of the European Parliament are holding across the breadth and width of the European Union.
The feedback from citizens during the dialogues will help guide the Commission as it draws up plans for a future reform of the EU. One of the main purposes of the dialogues will be to prepare the ground for the 2014 European elections.
This video shows interviews with European citizens in Sofia, explaining what they think of Europe.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Alexander Ivanov (in ENGLISH): For me Viviane Reding is really someone that is involved in the idea of the united Europa and I would like to listen to what she has o say to us, the Bulgarian nation. You know that at the moment we have really difficult times. And I believe Europe is the way so that we can overcome our issues and be more like the Western Europeans.
||Soundbite by Nelly Ferdinandova (in ENGLISH): We are in a European Union and our country needs help obviously. We can't hang out with our problems that is why we need help from outside Bulgaria.
||Soundbite by Alexander Ivanov (in ENGLISH): The people in Bulgaria, at the moment, they are not happy with the current situation. They want to change things. They want to get more involved in the politics. And I believe that they are just about to find out what is the right way to do it and for me this is Europe.
||Soundbite by Viktoriya Hatova (in ENGLISH): When I read the foreign media, I see that they present the protest as if it was a social party! It isn't! People, young and old people, with their children, go out and express their opinion about our government, about the corruption; robbery and they want to change the whole system. And some ambassadors expressed their opinion and attitude towards the protesting people. They do not interfere in our policy but we are one family. It is the European family and what happens in each of our countries reflects on all the rest of the countries.
||Soundbite by Iavor Borislavov Nikiforoff (in ENGLISH): I am afraid that currently the best thing that Europe can do and every politician in it, is to say that this is what corruption looks like! And we don't like it and we support Bulgarian people, we don't support Bulgarian government. We want new elections. We hope that Bulgarian will make a better choice this time.
||Soundbite by Vasil Sotirov (in ENGLISH): This is very important because this event seems to become a starting point for a national dialogue, something that the President proposed yet as a way out of the present crisis. And the point isn't only about Bulgaria of course. We are to solve our problems and Commissioner Reding was right saying that these are problems, which we are to solve ourselves in our country because the European Union can help about that. The point is also that she saw that Bulgarians are very much engaged in what is happening in Europe. She saw that Bulgarian public has a very passionate opinion on almost all questions, which concern contemporary Europe and the future of Europe. And she was convinced that Bulgarians are Europeans.
||Soundbite by Alexander Krastev (in ENGLISH): The European institutions, I think they tell the Bulgarian institutions how they would do politics and how to be near the citizens.
||Soundbite by Alexander Krastev (in ENGLISH): We have been a Member State for little time but I think that in the next years we will start feeling more and more European and taking part in the European policy making.