Extracts from the Debate on the Future of Europe with the participation of Viviane Reding and Lucinda Creighton
The European Commission and the Irish Presidency launched the European Year of Citizens in Dublin City Hall on 10 January 2013.
On this occasion, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs, held an open debate with over 200 citizens.
The debate marked the start of a year filled with events dedicated to citizens and their rights as Europeans. 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of EU citizenship, introduced by the Maastricht Treaty in 1993. It is also one year before the European Parliament elections. At this crucial juncture in the move towards a stronger Europe, it is a fitting time to dedicate 2013 to EU citizens and their rights. Throughout the year 2013, Viviane Reding and other EU Commissioners will join forces with national and local politicians to hold debates with citizens all across Europe – to listen to them and answer their questions. SHOTLIST