Commissioner Stylianides highlights importance of people voting in next European elections

Christos Stylianides, the European Commissioner responsible for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, highlighted the importance of people voting in the next European elections, in May, and noted that democracy is about people accepting personal accountability for their choices.

Speaking with journalists from Cyprus, on the sidelines of the European Parliament plenary, in Strasbourg, Stylianides noted that Europe is at a crucial crossroads and people need to decide for their future, while Cypriots need to realize that their country’s future lies within the EU.

We can also turn introvert, along the lines of the old-fashioned nation-state view or we can opt for an ad hoc presence within the EU, which the Commissioner said is non-realistic. Stylianides referred in particular to the surrounding challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean, due to the volatility in the region and the fact that in a globalized world, EU countries, and in particular small EU member states like Cyprus, cannot act in competition to one another.

People participating in the elections and the choices they make, matter, because citizens take their future in their hands, the Commissioner went on. He also noted that the next generations in Cyprus are also entitled to a European future.

Replying to questions, the Commissioner also said that Cyprus is a part of Europe and Cyprus is under the protection of the EU. He acknowledged that the EU has an issue in communicating its achievements to the people, and noted that we need to establish a new way of reaching out to ordinary citizens and lift the barriers between European institutions and the people.

European achievements like the participation of students from Cyprus at the Erasmus program, or of Cypriot companies participating in European programs, need to be communicated even more at a member state level, the Commissioner said.

Asked if he will retain a seat at the European Commission, Stylianides replied that we will see about this when the time comes.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Commissioner Stylianides highlights importance of people voting in next European elections

Christos Stylianides, the European Commissioner responsible for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, highlighted the importance of people voting in the next European elections, in May, and noted that democracy is about people accepting personal accountability for their choices.

Speaking with journalists from Cyprus, on the sidelines of the European Parliament plenary, in Strasbourg, Stylianides noted that Europe is at a crucial crossroads and people need to decide for their future, while Cypriots need to realize that their country’s future lies within the EU.

We can also turn introvert, along the lines of the old-fashioned nation-state view or we can opt for an ad hoc presence within the EU, which the Commissioner said is non-realistic. Stylianides referred in particular to the surrounding challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean, due to the volatility in the region and the fact that in a globalized world, EU countries, and in particular small EU member states like Cyprus, cannot act in competition to one another.

People participating in the elections and the choices they make, matter, because citizens take their future in their hands, the Commissioner went on. He also noted that the next generations in Cyprus are also entitled to a European future.

Replying to questions, the Commissioner also said that Cyprus is a part of Europe and Cyprus is under the protection of the EU. He acknowledged that the EU has an issue in communicating its achievements to the people, and noted that we need to establish a new way of reaching out to ordinary citizens and lift the barriers between European institutions and the people.

European achievements like the participation of students from Cyprus at the Erasmus program, or of Cypriot companies participating in European programs, need to be communicated even more at a member state level, the Commissioner said.

Asked if he will retain a seat at the European Commission, Stylianides replied that we will see about this when the time comes.

Source: Cyprus News Agency