Vice-President Reding in Heidelberg to debate with citizens about the future of Europe
After 24 dialogues with citizens in 14 Member States, it is now Baden-Württemberg's turn. Vice-President Viviane Reding is in Heidelberg to participate in a debate with over 400 citizens about the future of the European Union.
Vice-President Reding said: "The 1848 Heidelberg assembly was a milestone in German history, contributing to the development of democracy in Germany. We now need a similar democratic movement in Europe."
The debate will take place between 19:00 and 21:00 CET today, at the Halle02 in Heidelberg. It will be streamed live online. Citizens from all over Europe can also participate via Twitter by using the hashtag #EUDeb8 or the twitter handle @EU_Muenchen.
Vice-President Viviane Reding and Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann will discuss 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: "We need a clear and ambitious vision for the future of our continent, for a strong and democratic Europe which is much more than just a large market with a stable currency. There is no alternative to Europe. Germany’s future lies in 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.