Get involved! urges Michel Delebarre
“Be creative and share your views on Europe and its future!” was the message delivered by Michel Delebarre, Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, on April 22 during an online debate with 13 schools from six countries. The debate focused on June’s European elections and how they will affect citizens’ lives.
Delebarre discussed local and Europe-wide issues with students from the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal and Romania. He also explained the duties of a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) to represent voters’ interests.
”The role of MEPs,” he said, “is to be co-legislators. Together with the Commission and the Council, they prepare guidelines and laws that will be implemented in all countries of the Union. An MEP’s first responsibility is to be passionate about Europe, and his duty is to take part in committees and plenary sessions in Brussels and Strasbourg to prepare European directives. He also has to meet young people from his country to explain what he does and to hear their opinions on Europe.”
The debate also touched on such subjects as the role of the Committee of the Regions, youth employment, education, the future direction of the EU, the role of the regions in preserving Europe’s cultural diversity and the Committee of Regions’ 15th anniversary.
Asked about his hopes for the future, Michel Delebarre said that he would like to see Europe play an enhanced role worldwide and that he hoped young Europeans would become actively involved in their future by voting in the June elections.
11/05/2009 by: Petru Dumitru