Brussels, 15 January 2014
Future of Europe debate: live online dialogue with Vice-President Viviane Reding
Throughout 2013, Citizens' Dialogues were held all across Europe. Now the debate is going digital. On 16 January 2014 at 20.00 CET, Vice-President Viviane Reding will debate with citizens from across Europe in an online dialogue streamed live on YouTube.
“This online dialogue is an opportunity for a truly European debate,” said Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. "The Internet connects people around the world. It is thus the perfect place for Europeans to come together, exchange views and debate issues which affect each and every one of us. The Dialogue tomorrow will be a unique opportunity to prepare the ground for the upcoming European elections by discussing the issues most important for citizens across Europe, issues that will determine the future of the European Union Everyone can tune it – it just takes an internet connection and a click of the mouse."
To take part in this online dialogue, people can post their questions and comments on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ with the hashtags #askReding and/or #eudeb8.
Watch the online dialogue here.
Euronews will be moderating the debate, and will be inviting participants to take part based on the most interesting and challenging questions posed on social media. The debate will be preceded by a live Euronews ‘Global Conversation’ interview with Vice-President Reding, which you can watch here (available in 13 languages).
What are the Citizens' Dialogues about?
2013 was the European Year of Citizens (IP/13/2), a year dedicated to citizens and their rights. Throughout the year, members of the Commission held debates with citizens about their expectations for the future in Citizens' Dialogues all over the EU. This will continue in 2014.
So far, 41 Citizens’ Dialogues have already taken place across the European Union, with a Commissioner present on each occasion. A total of more than 50 such meetings are planned (see annex), all attended by national and European politicians. Follow all the dialogues here: http://ec.europa.eu/debate-future-europe
Why is the Commission doing this now?
Because Europe is at a crossroads. The coming months and years will be decisive for the future course of the European Union, with many voices talking about moving towards political union, a Federation of Nation States or a United States of Europe. Furthermore, European integration must go hand in hand with strengthening the Union's democratic legitimacy. Giving citizens a direct voice in this debate is therefore more important than ever.
What will be the outcome of the Dialogues?
The feedback from citizens during the Dialogues will help guide the Commission as it draws up plans for a future reform of the EU. One of the main purposes of the Dialogues will also be to prepare the ground for this year’s European elections.
On 8 May 2013 the European Commission published its second EU Citizenship Report, which puts forward 12 new concrete measures to solve problems citizens still have (IP/13/410 and MEMO/13/409). The Citizens' Report is the Commission's answer to a major online consultation held from May 2012 (IP/12/461) and the questions raised and suggestions made in Citizens' Dialogues on EU citizens' rights and their future.
For more information
Link to the online debate:
Further information on the Online Citizens’ Dialogue:
Debates with citizens on the Future of Europe:
European Year of Citizens:
Europeans have their say: Results of the consultation on EU citizens’ rights:
Homepage of Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner:
Follow the Vice-President on Twitter: @VivianeRedingEU
Annex: Citizens' Dialogues: the debate on Europe's future continues
Mayor of Cádiz Teófila Martínez Saíz
Austrian Vice-Chancellor/Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger
German Member of European Parliament Dagmar Roth-Behrendt
Mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris
President Barroso/ Vice-President Reding
Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore / Irish European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton
Mayor of Turin Piero Fassino
Mayor of Coimbra João Paulo Barbosa de Melo, Mayor of Esch-sur-Alzette Lydia Mutsch (video link), Luxembourgish Member of Parliament Felix Braz
Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno
Mayor of Thessaloniki Yiannis Boutaris
Mayor of Pisa Marco Filippeschi
Commissioner De Gucht
Mayor of Ghent Daniël Termont / Belgian Member of Parliament Geert Versnick
Belgian Member of European Parliament Mathieu Grosch/Begian Minister-President of the German Community Karl-Heinz Lambertz
Minister-President of the Brussels region Charles Picqué / Belgian Member of European Parliament Marc Tarabella
German Member of European Parliament Jürgen Klute / Chairman of "Committee on Europe and a Single World" Nicolaus Kern / Spokespersons of the North Rhine-Westphalia Parliament on European issues – Ilka Freifrau von Boeselager, Stefan Engstfeld, Markus Töns and Dr Ingo Wolf
Irish Minister for Trade John Perry/Chairman of the Czech Parliament's European Affairs Committee Jan Bauer / Czech Members of the European Parliament Jan Březina and Libor Rouček / Deputy State Secretary for European Affairs Martin Tlapa
Mayor of Ventotene Giuseppe Assenso
Mayor of Milan Giuliano Pisapia
Luxembourgish MEP Charles Goerens / Luxembourg Member of Parliament Félix Braz / Wallonian Regional Minister Benoit Lutgen / Luxembourg Minister for Labour and Employment Nicolas Schmit
President Barroso / Vice-President Reding
Polish Member of European Parliament Róża Thun / Former Prime Minister Tadeusz Masowiecki
Governor of the Crete region Stavros Arnaoutakis / Greek Member of Parliament Spyros Danellis / Mayor of Heraklion Giannis Kourakis
Baden Wüttemberg Minister-President Winfred Kretschmann
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev
Minister-President of Wallonia Rudy Demotte
Vice-Presidents Rehn / Kallas
Italian Minister for European Affairs Enzo Moavero Milanesi
Finnish Member of European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen / Finnish MP, Member of the Grand Committee Tuomo Puumala (Centre/ALDE) / Finnish MP, Chair of the Grand Committee, former President of the European Movement in Finland Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (SDP/S&D) / Chairperson of the Young People's Working Group on the Future of the EU Milla Ovaska
Hungarian State Secretary for EU Affairs Enikő Győri and Member of the European Parliametn Csaba Őry.
Slovak Prime Minster Robert Fico
Swedish Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson, Member of European Parliament Olle Ludvigsson and Mayor of Stockholm Sten Nordin
Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs Didier Reynders / Economic Minister for Wallonia Jean-Claude Marcourt
Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks
French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira
Governor of Burgenland Hans Niessl
Plácido Domingo, opera singer, President of Europa Nostra; Michelangelo Pistoletto, painter, member of the Culture Committee of the “New Narrative for Europe” initiative; Isabelle Durant, Vice-President of the European Parliament (tbc);Paul Dujardin, Director of the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
David Lidington, Minister of State for Europe
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