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Debating with citizens in Coimbra

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Today Vice-President Viviane Reding is in Coimbra (Portugal) to hold a debate with over 400 citizens about their expectations for the future of the European Union. The debate will feed into the upcoming Citizenship Report 2013 and accompany the work on the Commission's proposals for treaty change to shape a stronger European Union for the future.

Vice-President Viviane Reding said: "Having such an open dialogue is even more important in a country like Portugal, where citizens have made huge sacrifices to ensure that future generations won't pick up the bill for past generations' mistakes."

The economic crisis and its impact on people's daily lives, EU citizens' rights and the future of the Union will be at the centre of the debate between Vice-President Reding and the citizens. Portuguese Member of the European Parliament Vital Moreira will also participate, as well as Luxembourg Member of Parliament Félix Braz. There will be a video link to the Portuguese towns of Aveiro and Azores as well as Coimbra's partner city of Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg, which has an important Portuguese population. The mayor of Esch-sur-Alzette, Lydia Mutsch, will greet the participants in Coimbra.

The debate can be followed live on via web stream. Citizens from all over Europe can also participate via Twitter (use the hashtags: #DCCoimbra or #EUDeb8).