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Citizens’ Dialogue in Esch-Belval

Over 200 people found their way to the Rockhal in Esch-Belval on 30 July, to speak their mind on the future of Europe. As part of the European Year of Citizens 2013, the European Commission has organised a host of citizens’ dialogues all throughout Europe. In attendance was Viviane Reding, Vice President of the European Commission, as well as the Luxembourgish Minister of Employment, Nicolas Schmit, the President of the Belgian cdH, Benoît Lutgen, Félix Braz (MP, déi Greng) and Charles Goerens (MEP, DP) took part in the Citizens’ Dialogue.

Europe's future: European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding debating with the people of Esch/Alzette (Luxembourg)


The discussion in Esch/Alzette was moderated by Joseph Rodesch, who is known in Luxembourg as 'Mr Science'. The people of Luxembourg were able to share with politicians their opinions, comments, visions and questions on the future of Europe, the impact of the financial crisis and their rights as EU citizens. Over the course of two hours, three main subjects were discussed: the financial and economic crisis, citizens' rights and the future development of the European Union. Guided by questions and live surveys, the politicians each explained their views on Europe and pointed out difficulties it faces.


The feedback from citizens during the Dialogues will help guide the Commission as it draws up plans for a future reform of the EU and impending Treaty amendments. One of the main purposes of the dialogues was to prepare the ground for the 2014 European elections.


It was a full day of open debates, entertainment and guest speakers from various European Union institutions. The day also included a Festival of Citizens, with culinary specialties, workshops, film showings, exhibitions and more.


Another highlight of the Citizens’ Dialogue was the “Shining Stars of Europe” video contest, in which citizens were invited to post a one minute video of their view on Europe’s future. The two Faces of the European Year of Citizens in Luxembourg, Stephanie Sorvillo and Jean-Paul Friederich, were both part of the jury and responsible to elect the winner of the competition “Shining Stars of Europe”.


The public voted as follows:

- 1st prize to "How to fight the invisible"
- 2nd prize to "Europe Medley"
- 3rd prize to "Shining stars of Europe - My vision"

Jury Prizes go to:
- Sharing Stars of Europe “Étoiles à partager"

- "Wat ass Europa"

Facebook Voting Prize goes to:

- "The Future of Europe is you"

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