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14/11/2013

Citizens' dialogue in Malta: European Commissioner Tonio Borg in discussion with citizens in Malta

European Commissioner Tonio Borg was, on Thursday 7 November, part of a Citizens’ Dialogue event that included over 200 citizens, including MEPs, NGO representatives, mayors, local councillors and students. One of many held thus far in 2013, this Citizens’ Dialogue covered three thematic areas: the economic crisis, citizens’ rights and the future of Europe.

“After almost 10 years of EU membership, the Maltese have a lot to say to the EU and about its future. Europe is and should be all about the citizens - especially in difficult times,’ said Dr Borg.

“I am encouraged to see that the Maltese appreciate their place in the EU but I am also aware that they have their concerns, especially in areas such as migration, energy, and the environment. We have to act at both national and EU level to address these issues.”

Martin Bugelli, head of the European Commission Representation in Malta, and Peter Agius, head of the European Parliament Information Office in Malta, completed the panel.

This Citizens’ Dialogue in Malta was another in a string of events that have been a part of the European Year of Citizens throughout 2013. Smaller and more thematic debates have already taken place across Malta in the past weeks, which were held in partnership with the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC).

 

 

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