12 & 13 May, 2014 Brussels

Closing Remarks and Addresses

The closing remarks were done by Mr. Jaume Duch, Director of Media and Spokesman of the European Parliament. Mr. Duch started by thanking the organisation for this event in the best possible time, just less than two weeks before the European elections, which he admitted were an important date for the history of the EU.

Mr. Duch stated that this time, the elections would be different compared to earlier ones because: a) of the economic crisis (the information and feeling of the EU importance is there); b) the European Parliament is different (it has become very influent); and c) for the first time there will be a link between electing MEPs and the future president of the European Commission.

Jaume Duch insisted that this time the elections would be different because they need to reconnect with citizens by showing them that there is a real political accountability
Mr. Duch insisted that this time would be different because they need to reconnect with citizens by showing them that there is a real political accountability. Therefore, the challenge was how to show to them that through the European Parliament and through the European Commission they have the possibility not only to be informed but to interact, to decide to take part in the decisions, to control those taking the decisions, to replace them, and to decide if they want a European model or another.

Mr. Duch confirmed that this process would be important to see the level of turnout, since if it is higher than previous elections it will be a positive sign for the EU. Finally, Mr. Duch admitted that civil society’s engagement is needed, that is why movements, entities, groups and networks such as the Plus Europe Association will play a real role in the next years.

Rotary is an organisation that reflects collective diversity, and for this reason, it has to be more involved in European governance in order to promote new projects, Jacques di Costanzo underlined.
Mr. Jacques di Costanzo took the word acknowledging the first joint meeting between chambers of commerce and Rotary. As he underlined, Rotary is an organisation that reflects collective diversity, and for this reason, it has to be more involved in European governance in order to promote new projects.

Finally, Mr. Di Costanzo claimed that in the future, we had to share new ideas between Rotary, the collectivities and Plus Europe Association, in order to develop networking for new generations, because the future of Europe and of Rotary too is in the hands of young generations.