Vice-President Reding in Sofia to debate with citizens about the future of Europe
Vice-President Reding and the Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev are getting together in Sofia to debate with over 250 citizens about the future of Europe. This is the 25th Citizens' Dialogue in a series of events European Commissioners, national and local politicians, as well as Members of the European Parliament are holding across the breadth and width of the European Union.
Vice-President Reding said: "As Bulgarian citizens are making their voice heard through protests on the street, this debate is timely but also necessary. My message will be clear: the Commission wants to lend a helping hand to Bulgaria to help fight corruption and organised crime and to assist in implementing judicial reforms. These steps are essential to rebuild trust and stability in the country."
The debate will take place between 10:00 and 12:00 (Bulgarian time; 9:00 and 11:00 CET) at the Military Club, 7 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd., Sofia. It will be streamed live online. Citizens from all over Europe can also participate via Twitter by using the hashtag #EUDeb8.
Vice-President Viviane Reding and the President of the Bulgarian Republic Mr. Rosen Plevneliev will discuss the economic crisis and its impact on people's daily lives, EU citizens' rights and the future of the Union.
ice-President Viviane Reding said: "I make an appeal to all political forces in Bulgaria for dialogue and consensus for the stability and prosperity of the country. All those who carry responsibility should set aside ideological differences and work together in the best interest of the citizens and the country."
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.