Debate on the Future of Europe, in Liège: vox pops
On 17 October 2013, the Citizens' Dialogue debate in Liège, Belgium, took place during the official visit of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, to Wallonia. It is part of the series "Citizens’ dialogues" organised throughout the 2013 European Year of Citizens, a few months before the European elections in May 2014.
This dialogue’s themes were on the output of the economic crisis, what does Europe do for its citizens and the future of Europe.
This video shows the vox pop prior and after the debate.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Christian Matombe, European citizen (in FRENCH) saying that he is waiting to see what comes out of the debate; he is a student, he might be interested to work for the institutions in the future so he is interested to see how it works and also listen to the various exchange of views.
||Soundbite by Marie Dessy, European citizen (in FRENCH) saying that she thinks that they receive enough information but they come in pieces; they are not always very clear especially when you don't know much on politics, so some clearer information is what she would like to have.
||Soundbite by Eric De Ruert (in FRENCH) saying that he is pro European, he loves Europe, It is a great project because it is about unity but unfortunately this project goes hand in hand with liberalism which dates back to the 19th century and to him it is obsolete. It just does not work ecologically and liberalism is dangerous, it is about the constant exchange of goods and it is scary. Therefore, what he expects from Europe is more solidarity, a Europe which takes care of its people and its environment and a Europe which is much more democratic than today.
||Soundbite by Philippe Viatour (in FRENCH) saying that he simply wants to ask him to explain them about the European Institutions, to explain to them about the democratic process within the EU institutions. He also wants to ask him how he justifies what seems to be a scandalous salary. He simply wants him to tell them what Europe does for its citizens.
||Soundbite by Neil Evans (in FRENCH) saying that any debate is useful. They were some interesting questions, often good answers, sometimes answers that seemed too scripted, something they had already heard but the political debate is always useful. The only regret is that the venue was too small.
||Soundbite by Marcin Sabtio (in FRENCH) saying that this debate was well done. He is an Erasmus student from Poland, and it was a good opportunity for him to ask a question as a citizen. The debate is a good opportunity to express ones views. He was able to address his concerns on science and research so, for him, it was good.
||Soundbite by Thibault Vanderhauwart (in FRENCH) saying that what was very interesting for him today was to measure the real interest of the citizens and to see how much solidarity they wish for Europe; a more present Europe. And he sincerely hopes that today the politicians and decision makers who were here today got the message and that they will head towards more federalism in Europe.