Carrying the torch forward

Everything we hold dear is at stake, warns the European Parliament’s top communicator.

As in any other election, a myriad issues are being debated across the European Union in the run-up to the June European elections. However, this time round, a lot more than usual is at stake. It is a decision that we will be taking about our future as Europeans. It is about whether we want to safeguard our way of organising society, our way of life, and whether we will be a democracy as we know it 20 years from now.

Jaume Duch Guillot, the European Parliament’s Spokesperson and Director-General for Communication, emphasised this point during a press briefing in Brussels this morning for journalists from across the EU. The Journal was among the media outlets represented.

Jaume Duch Guillot, Spokesman and Director General for Communication of the European Parliament. Photo: Daina Le Lardic/EU

In these elections, citizens will make their voice heard about what EU they want, not only for the next five years but also for the foreseeable future in a very complex geo-political situation, he said. He expressed his optimism that European citizens will vote in a way that will acknowledge what have been, in general, “five positive, contructive years” in which the EU has proved to them that it pays to be part of it. He remarked that Europeans are aware of the Union’s hard work to protect them during the Covid pandemic and, currently, in light of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, which he said is also a “war against the European model, our democratic system, as well as respect for human rights and minorities”. EU citizens are also witnessing the post-Brexit situation unfolding in the UK, he added.

European citizens want this good work to continue, the European Parliament’s top communicator said. After the election, he noted, the EU will face several challenges, including ensuring its strategic autonomy, preparing for future pandemics, reducing its reliance on third countries for raw materials, and guaranteeing a better and safer energy supply.

He recalled that generations of Europeans have, since the aftermath of World War II, laid the groundwork for a Union that has fostered economic growth and, most importantly, peace for decades.

The torch has been passed to us, he declared, and we must carry that torch forward, safeguarding the peace and prosperity they built for generations to come.

Will we rise to the challenge?

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