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Vice-President Reding in Warsaw (Poland) to debate with citizens about the future of Europe

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After 22 dialogues with citizens in 14 Member States, it is now Poland's turn. On Thursday, President José Manuel Barroso and Vice-President Viviane Reding are in Warsaw to participate in a debate with over 400 citizens about the future of the European Union.

Vice-President Reding said: "Poland belongs to the inner circle of the European Union and Polish influence has been crucial in leading Europe out of the crisis. I expect Poland to continue playing an active and important role in pushing for a stronger Europe."

The debate will take place between 14:30 and 16:30 CET at the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. It will be streamed live online. Citizens from all over Europe can also participate via Twitter by using the hashtag #EUDeb8.

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and former Polish Prime Minister and current advisor to the President of Poland, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, will kick off the debate in Warsaw before handing over the reins to Vice-President Viviane Reding and Member of the European Parliament Róża Thun. At the centre of the debate between the European and national politicians and the citizens will be the economic crisis and its impact on people's daily lives, EU citizens' rights and the future of the European Union

Vice-President Viviane Reding said: "As the debate about the future of Europe is gathering pace, we need to have a clear vision about where we are going in the coming years. Citizen's voice counts more than ever. I am looking forward to coming to Warsaw to hear their views."

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.