EU: POETTERING (PARLIAMENT), "EUROPE DIRECT, AN INSTRUMENT TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN VOTING"

In relaunching Europe Direct, the Swedish vice president of the Commission, Margot Wallstrom, refers to the European elections: "With a view to the elections for the European Union Parliament, the starting up of the new Europe Direct network is an important initiative within our efforts to guarantee a more effective kind of communication on the issues linked" with the process towards European unity. The service supplies general information on community issues and policies in all the official languages. It also supplies practical information (acknowledgement of study qualifications obtained abroad, journeys, citizens’ rights, enterprise defence…). "In June, European citizens are choosing the people representing them at the European Parliament in the next five years – added Hans-Gert Poettering, president of the Parliament of Strasbourg. – Members of Parliament vote on issues concerning all of us, from the defence of consumers to the regulation of financial markets. However, lots of citizens are not well aware of their roles". The Europe Direct information centres "can help citizens to know more about their roles, and thus, they can motivate them to vote". ” “

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