Issues decided at an EU level, such as agriculture and fisheries policies, are exactly the issues people are concerned about: the European elections will be decisive because they have a direct impact on people’s daily lives. Manfred Weber travels to Portugal to speak in person to the Portuguese people and inquire about their ideas for the future of Europe.
"My listening tour stop in Portugal showed that, alongside our EPP member parties PSD and CDS-PP, we have a truly European campaign that will bring Brussels back to European citizens.", Weber states. "In Europe, we have many politicians that create fear at the national level: egoists. I want to send a signal of how much we can achieve when we work together. The future needs politics with hope: populism is the biggest threat to the EU."
An example for what we could achieve if we work together is cancer. After visiting a local research laboratory Manfred Weber is convinced that if we combine all our research capabilities, we can find an answer to cancer.
The University of Porto's Institute for Research and Innovation in Health is a role model for Europe: researchers understand that combining our efforts and complementing fundamental research with clinical implementation is key to obtaining results that directly impact on people.
"I want to bridge the gap between the politicians and the people of the EU. My Listening Tour took me to Matosinhos market, where local producers and small-scale fishermen explained the difficulty of competing with supermarkets.", Weber explains. "Europe is enriched with local producers who work hard to provide consumers with products of quality: those labels must be protected and promoted."
Weber visits a Port wine production line in Porto. They further showed that we can have an open economy while preserving our cultural heritage. Portugal can be proud of its long-standing tradition of trade, boosting its economy and creating jobs.