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Listening to you – President Juncker holds Citizens' Dialogue in Brussels

Brussels, 18 November 2015

Listening to you – President Juncker holds Citizens' Dialogue in Brussels

On 18 November 2015 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will take part in a town hall-meeting-style Citizens' Dialogue, within the framework of "Les Journées de Bruxelles". For over an hour, the President will listen to citizens, answer their questions and have a direct exchange on issues of great concern for most Europeans.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "When I took office last year I committed to doing all I could to re-gain citizens' trust in the European project. Very often, the European Union finds itself with some explaining to do, and many times under pressure to deliver when it comes to explaining Europe better. That is what these Citizens' Dialogues – which I have asked all Commissioners to engage in – are about: explaining and holding ourselves accountable for decisions we take that affect you. I am looking forward to the chance to have an open and frank discussion."

The Citizens' Dialogue with President Jean-Claude Juncker takes place in the framework of the "Journées de Bruxelles" organised by L'Obs in partnership with Le Soir and De Standaard and the European Commission's Representation in Belgium. The debate is moderated by three Editors in chief, namely Matthieu Croissandeau (L'Obs), Béatrice Delvaux (Le Soir), and Karel Verhoeven (De Standaard). Around 2000 participants are expected to follow the debate in Bozar's Henri Le Boeuf hall.

Citizens and journalists can attend the debate in person, by registering in advance here. The Dialogue will be webstreamed in English, French, Flemish, German and Italian here.

Alternatively, comments can be submitted using the Twitter hashtag #EUdialogues.

Venue: Bozar/Palais des Beaux-Arts: Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium.

The Citizens' Dialogue starts at 16:00 CET and ends at 17:15 CET.

Background

The concept of Citizens' Dialogues builds on the model of “town hall meetings” or local fora during which politicians listen to and debate with citizens about policies and decisions being taken. Between 2012 and 2014, the European Commission organised 51 Citizens’ Dialogues in all Member States. The full report is available at http://ec.europa.eu/debate-future-europe/citizens-dialogues/belgium/brussels3/dialogue_en.pdf.

The 2015 series of Citizens' Dialogues started in January 2015. This year, 49 Dialogues have taken place in 26 Member States. The Bozar Dialogue is the 50th and the first one with the President himself. Currently, the Dialogues focus on a number of Political priorities of the Juncker Commission, namely the Investment Plan, the Energy Union, the Digital Single Market and Migration.  

For More Information

More information about Citizens' Dialogues:

http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-dialogues/belgium/brussels/index_en.htm

Programme of Journées de Bruxelles:

http://journeesdelobs.nouvelobs.com/les-journ-es-de-bruxelles-du-18-novembre-2015-au-19-septembre-2015

Media accreditation to the Bozar Citizens' Dialogue:

Journalists are invited to register online at http://journeesdelobs.nouvelobs.com/les-journ-es-de-bruxelles-du-18-novembre-2015-au-19-septembre-2015/inscription and bring their press card. For registration on the spot, both press card and identity card are required.  Entry is opened as from noon.  After online registration, media presence confirmations please to Maria Kokkonen maria.kokkonen@ec.europa.eu

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Press contacts:

General public inquiries: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 67 89 10 11 or by email


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