Merkel: EU to 'answer' citizens' questions
2 January 2006, Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel assured citizens in a message Monday marking the start of the German presidency that effort would be put into answering their questions about the EU.
2 January 2006
Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel assured citizens in a message Monday marking the start of the German presidency that effort would be put into answering their questions about the EU.
For the next six months, German ministers are to chair EU committees and German diplomats are to act in the name of the EU.
'Europe can remain strong only if people feel they have a real future,' she said on a special German presidency website, www.eu2007.de.
'Many ask themselves what benefits Europe brings them personally in terms of security and prosperity. They wonder if there is simply too much bureaucracy. We will do our best to answer your questions.'
She said a roadshow would visit 52 cities in Germany to inform Germans over the next six months about the EU.
The informal EU summit in Berlin on March 25 and a street festival in the capital would 'celebrate the day the European Community's founding treaties were signed' 50 years ago.
Stressing a key issue of the Berlin presidency, she said: 'If Europe is to remain able to act, it needs a constitutional treaty.
'Here we are keen to make a contribution and will be consulting closely with our European partners in this connection. By the end of our Presidency we hope to have a road map showing how a constitutional treaty can become reality across Europe.'
Subject: German news