Participation of Viviane Reding in the debate on the Future of Europe, in Amsterdam
Type: Complete press conference
End production: 14/03/2014 First transmission: 14/03/2014
On 14 March 2014, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, participated in the 49th citizens' dialogue in Amsterdam in presence of Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam.
This lively debate focused strongly on the role of and the trust in policy makers in a European Union which, whilst diverse, is firmly based on a set of common values.
Dutch citizens are, as most citizens in Europe, concerned about the future and worried by the economic and financial crises. On this occasion, Viviane Reding called for a clear distinction between the debt and banking crisis in several Member States and the common currency which has been stable during the last years.
The Amsterdam Citizens' Dialogue is part of a series of over 50 debates in all 28 Member States. Since September 2012 President José Manuel Barroso and practically all Members of the European Commission have been holding discussions with citizens from all walks of life.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Carolien de Gruyter, Correspondent in Belgium for the daily newspaper "NRC Handelsblad" and moderator of the Citizens' Dialogue in Amsterdam, (in DUTCH) giving some introductory words to open the 49th Citizens' Dialogue and introducing the speakers
||Arrival of Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam, to the debate
||Soundbite by Carolien de Gruyter (in ENGLISH) giving some welcoming words to Viviane Reding
||Soundbite by Carolien de Gruyter (in DUTCH) giving some welcoming words to Eberhard van der Laan
||Soundbite by Carolien de Gruyter (in ENGLISH) announcing a video presentation of Amsterdam
||Video presentation on Amsterdam
||Soundbite by Eberhard van der Laan (in ENGLISH) giving some remarks on the video presentation
||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH) on the European elections
||Soundbite by Carolien de Gruyter (in ENGLISH) announcing the first question of the debate and inviting the participants to vote
||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH) on how a citizen voice can come into action
||Soundbite by Carolien de Gruyter (in ENGLISH) on the economic crisis highlighting the democratic problem
||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH) on the way decisions are taken
||Soundbite by Carolien de Gruyter (in ENGLISH) opening the debate with the participants
||Debate with Viviane Reding, Carolien de Gruyter and Eberhard van der Laan