10 April 2006 - More than 3,000 people have been making their voices heard on the European Commission's new Internet Discussion Forum on the Future of Europe, said Martin Territt, Director of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, today.
"The website gives people a chance to discuss the future of the European Union and make their opinions known to the leaders of Europe," said Territt. "I'd encourage everyone to take this chance to express how they feel about the EU and its policies."
The address of the Discussion Forum is: http://europa.eu/debateeurope/. It was launched on 27 March 2006 in 20 languages as part of the Commission's 'Plan D' for Dialogue, Debate and Democracy in response to call by the European Council for a period of reflection and discussion following the 'No' votes on the proposed Constitutional Treaty in France and the Netherlands.
"There has been a disappointing response from Ireland to date. Given the positive Irish experience of the EU and recent economic successes, this is a good opportunity to share these thoughts, either positive or negative," Territt commented.
The topics for discussion include the European Union's role in the world, economic and social development and how citizens feel about the European project.