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Viviane Reding in Trieste to debate with citizens from four countries

Imagine da Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (wikipedia)

After 28 dialogues in cities across Europe, on 16 September, Vice-President Reding and Italy's Minister for European Affairs Enzo Moavero Milanesi were in Trieste to debate about Europe's way out of the economic crisis, citizens' rights and the future of Europe with over 500 citizens coming from Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.

"That Slovenians, Croatians and Austrians are debating the future of Europe together with Italians is testament to the power of our European Union in breaking down borders," said European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding.

Vice-President Reding came out strongly in defense of free movement, as one of the four freedoms and a core value of the European Union. "Ugly populism is rising in some Member States. But whilst such rhetoric may win votes today, the price would be paid by generations of European citizens tomorrow," said Reding. "I want to remind them that it was the Member States themselves who agreed to enlarge our Union. Do they now want to deny the citizens of those "newer" Member States one of their fundamental rights?"

Responding to a citizen's question, Reding spoke about net neutrality, saying "I stand for an open and free internet. I call on everybody to stand up for net neutrality, not in the headlines, but also in practice."