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Viviane Reding in Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) to debate with citizens about the future of Europe

Viviane Reding

On Sunday Vice-President Viviane Reding will be returning to her home-town of Esch-sur-Alzette to participate in a debate with over 400 citizens about the impact of the crisis and their expectations for the future of the European Union.

Vice-President Viviane Reding said: "Especially in Luxembourg, the idea of Europe is a daily reality. Crossing borders is part of everyday life. Europe is part of everyday life. I am therefore expecting a lively debate with many ideas, suggestions and opinions on the role and future of Europe."

The Citizens' Dialogue will take place coming Sunday, 30 June, from 2-4 pm in the large concert hall of the Rockhal in Esch-Belval. The debate can be followed live via web stream. Citizens from all over Europe can also participate via Twitter by using the hashtag #EUDeb8.

The dialogue will be opened by Vice-President Reding and Luxembourg's Minister of Labour, Nicolas Schmit. Luxemburgish Member of the European Parliament, Charles Goerens, and the Chairman of Belgium's Francophone Christian democratic party, CDH, Benoît Lutgen will also participate in the debate.

At the centre of the debate between the European and national politicians and and the citizens will be the economic crisis and its impact on people's daily lives, EU citizens' rights and the future of the Union.

Vice-President Viviane Reding said: "Europe is facing a crossroads so now particularly we need to have a clear vision about where we are going in the coming years. What citizens think is more important than ever. My message is: Europe must be there for its citizens. Are you prepared to be there for Europe?"

The feedback from citizens during the dialogues will help guide the Commission as it draws up plans for a future reform of the EU. One of the main purposes of the dialogues will be to prepare the ground for the 2014 European elections.