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Viviane Reding in Greece to debate with citizens


On Friday Vice-President Viviane Reding will be in Thessaloniki (Greece) to hold a debate with over 500 citizens about the impact of the crisis and their expectations for the future of the European Union.

Vice-President Viviane Reding said: "There must be more discussions with the Greek people – and not just about them. I am going to Greece as a friend. And friends must be frank: there is no alternative to the difficult reforms. They are needed in order to ensure that future generations won't pick up the bill for past generations' mistakes. The EU is helping in this difficult process."

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. The dialogue will be opened by Vice-President Reding and Yiannis Boutaris, the mayor of Thessaloniki. Greek members of the European Parliament, Mrs Chrysoula Paliadeli, Mr Ioannis Tsoukalas and Mr Theodoros Skylakakis will also attend the debate.

The debate can be followed live on via web stream. Citizens from all over Europe can also participate via Twitter by following @DialogosPoliton and using the hashtag #EUDeb8.

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.