Citizens' Dialogue in Crete
In the framework of the Citizens' Dialogue, Commissioner Damanaki held a debate on Friday with over 500 citizens in Heraklion, Greece. The island of Crete is a fitting location as it is the biggest island in Greece and one of the most popular destinations worldwide in the area of cruise tourism. Crete is also a significant player in regional cooperation for maritime policy.
On this occasion, Commissioner Damanaki stated: "I look forward to our dialogue with citizens in Crete. It's not very often that we get a chance to discuss openly at this level. Though, these opportunities are, more than ever, necessary today in the midst of the economic crisis. To regain trust in the European Union, we have to try to include everyone in the dialogue, by explaining citizens' rights and discussing with them how Europe can recover. Greece's immense potential for Blue Growth is one way towards this. As Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries I will discuss with them how together we can make the most out of our seas and coasts."