MEPs send message of support for Europe from Economist conference

Cypriot MEPs Lefteris Christoforou (EPP) and Demetris Papadakis (SandD) sent messages of support of the European Union while also pointing out that it needs to pinpoint and resolve the problems it is faced with, while head of the European Parliament’s office in Cyprus Andreas Kettis called on citizens to take part in the democratic process of European elections on May 26, 2019.

Europe has a future. Europe is the future, Christoforou said addressing the 14th Economist conference in Nicosia, on Friday.

For me, he pointed out, the EU is the protector and the defender of small and weak countries.

Despite any problems it has, Christoforou noted, it is the only strong shield we have for human rights, adding that the EU does not allow for journalists to be incarcerated in order to be silenced, nor for human rights to be violated.

He sent a message of supporting and defending the European project against populists and Eurosceptics.

On his part, Papadakis said that answers must be given to the questions which citizens of Europe have and referred to a lack of community solidarity.

He gave the example of Malta, Italy and Greece all of which are faced with a great burden of refugees arriving in their shores and posed the question how certain countries pretend not to understand what is happening.

The EU must prove that it can resolve these problems, Papadakis said.

On Brexit, he said that the rest of Europe will just have to try to do better without the UK but expressed the view that he would like to see a new referendum on the EU in Britain in future.

Kettis spoke of the European Parliament’s campaign to increase voter participation in the European elections, which are set to take place in Cyprus on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Our goal, he said, is to promote citizen participation and for them to become engaged in the democratic process. Another goal according to Kettis is to inform voters and make them vote in a conscious and fully informed way.

Source: Cyprus News Agency