Background: in order to reach out to citizens, the EU Commission arranges a series of public discussions with Vice-President Viviane Reding and other Commissars and MEPs. The next event of this kind will be in Helsinki tomorrow, Tuesday 24 September, where Viviane Reding and MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP) have promised to be at the citizens' disposal for a debate on the themes :

" How we are getting out of the crisis, What are the rights of the EU citizens and How does the future of Europe look alike."

Here is a question I would like to ask:

When looking at the future prospects of the European Union, of which I am by principle a supporter, the first question that I, an elderly person with children and grandchildren, should like to ask, is the following: will the territory of the Union be nuclear-free and, in particular, free from nuclear (or other) weapons of mass destruction? Right now the news are bad. For instance, in the year 2010 the two EU member states UK and France signed the ‘Teutates Treaty’ in order to research together on new Nuclear weapons for the next 50 years! I could quote more evidence to show that member states of EU are not really acting in favour of nuclear disarmament. But how about the EU itself? What has it done, what can it do to rid the EU and Europe of nukes? What have you personally done; and what do you plan to do in this respect?

About the above-mentioned series of discussions, see http://ec.europa.eu/debate-future-europe/index_en.htm and http://ec.europa.eu/debate-future-europe/citizens-dialogues/finland/helsinki/index_en.htm