Europe, the politicians and the people: confidence and commitment?

De Markten (as a part of the United States of Europe exhibition)

As a part of the United States of Europe exhibition, presented in Brussels between April 19 and May 26 (click HERE), we hereby invite you to the debate “Europe, the politicians and the people: confidence and commitment?”. This debate offers an opportunity for EU officials and local politicians from Brussels to meet citizens in the heart of the European capital.

>>> De Markten (Vieux Marché aux Grains 5 Oude Graanmarkt, 1000 Brussels) - MAP
>>> Wednesday 15 May 2013 - 18:30 > 20:00
>>> To register for the debate, please send an e-mail to: Please specify the names and the number of persons attending.

The travelling exhibition project United States of Europe was born out of the low turnout rate in the 2009 European Parliament elections. Was this symptomatic of citizens’ low confidence in the EU? Why did people not care about European citizenship?

The project | The participants | The exhibition


This debate will analyse the reasons of the big gap between EU institutions and citizens. Do local issues and policies with direct impact on people’s life matter to people the most? And how are European initiatives and policies communicated to the citizens? Do citizens believe that their voices are heard?
Both panel groups are given the same amount of time to talk and the dynamics between the panels and the audience will be essential.



1. On the politician panel
Jimmy Jamar - head of the representation of the European Commission in Belgium
Doris Pack – MEP, Christian democrat
Jane Morrice - vice president, European Economic and Social Committee
Christos Doulkeridis - Minister President for the French Speaking Community
- One person from the City of Brussels

2. On the citizen panel
Six representatives for the Brussels citizens will be chosen. These persons will come from different communities and they will have different life experience. The names will be revealed one week before the debate.

3. Moderators
Robert van de Roer (journalist, diplomatic expert, moderator, Netherlands)
Eric Russon (journalist and TV presenter for “Cinquante degrés nord”, Belgium)


The project:

  • Examines today's Europe
  • Promotes an active citizenship
  • Promotes synergies between politics and art
  • Creates a communication platform for citizens in order to make voices heard
  • Tries to embrace a large audience, not only the art elite


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