Frans Timmermans

Vice-President of the European Commission
“My kids don’t have to train to fight other Europeans. That to me, is the single biggest gift that European integration has given me.” - Frans Timmermans
Time Question
0:02 Do you identify as a European?
1:13 What was your formative European moment?
2:15 What was the worst moment in recent European history?
3:30 What was the best moment in recent European history?
4:09 What is the single most important thing the EU has done for you personally?
4:33 What is the one thing you would most like the EU to have achieved by 2030?
5:07 In a poll we conducted, 58% of Europeans would like the EU to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 rather than 2050. If you could implement one European-wide climate action policy with this in mind, what would it be?
5:33 In another poll we conducted, 53% of young Europeans said that authoritarian states are better equipped than democracies to tackle climate change. What are your thoughts on this?
8:23 What can the EU do to enhance understanding of history?
10:46 How do you work to stay connected to the younger generations of Europe?
12:16 How can the EU still legitimately promote its fundamental values while demoracy and rule of law issues in Poland and Hungary continue worsening and spreading in other countries?
15:19 How do you work to remain connected with the other half of Europeans who feel left behind by Brussels and the EU?