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Namur hosts next Future of Europe debate

City of Namur (wikipedia, Jean-Pol GRANDMONT)

Just two days after President José Manuel Barroso's State of the Union address, the debate on the future of Europe came to Namur. On 13 September Vice-President Viviane Reding and Rudy Demotte, Minister-President of Wallonia and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, met over 350 citizens in Namur, Belgium, to discuss Europe's way out of economic crisis, citizens' rights and Europe's future.

Speaking during the debate, Viviane Reding said "Today's first-time voters are tomorrow's leaders the upcoming European elections in May will be a real opportunity for you to make your voices heard."

Vice-President Reding called for a truly European debate in the lead up to the elections which she sees as an opportunity "to develop a real parliamentary democracy for our Union", an answer to the 2 out of 3 Europeans who think their voice does not count in Europe.