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23/09/2013 - Viviane Reding in Helsinki to debate with citizens on the Future of Europe

After 29 dialogues in cities across Europe, the debate on the future of Europe is now coming to Helsinki. On Tuesday 24 September, Vice-President Reding and the Finnish Member of the European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen will debate about Europe's way out of the economic crisis, citizens' rights and the future of Europe with about 300 citizens.


18/09/2013 - Commission takes action to ensure Croatia implements the European Arrest Warrant correctly

Today the European Commission launched the so-called "Article 39 procedure" on Croatia. This means the activation of the justice and home affairs safeguard clause in Croatia's Accession Treaty to take appropriate measures in view of the continued non-compliance by Croatia with the European Arrest Warrant Framework Decision.

The Commission has started the consultation with Member States on the proposed action. Member States have ten working days to provide comments.


17/09/2013 - Commission takes decisive action against dangerous 'legal highs'

The European Commission today proposed to strengthen the European Union’s ability to respond to ‘legal highs’ – new psychoactive substances that imitate the effects of illicit narcotics such as ecstasy or cocaine. Although such new psychoactive substances are marketed as ‘legal’ alternatives to illicit drugs they are dangerous and can be fatal. They are also a growing problem: the number of new psychoactive substances detected in the EU has tripled between 2009 and 2012 leaving young people especially at risk. The Commission is therefore proposing stronger EU rules – a Regulation and a Directive, under which harmful new psychoactive substances will be withdrawn from the market quickly.


16/09/2013 - Viviane Reding in Trieste to debate with citizens from four countries

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.


13/09/2013 - Namur hosts next Future of Europe debate

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.


11/09/2013 - State of the Union Address

Vice-President Viviane Reding was in Strasbourg with President José Manuel Barroso as he delivered the fourth State of the Union speech in front of the European Parliament. The speech is a rallying call to all those that care about Europe, whatever their political or ideological position, wherever they come from, to speak up for Europe.


05/09/2013 - The EU and the Rule of Law – what next?

Speaking at the Centre for European Policy Studies yesterday, Vice-President Reding outlined the possibilities of introducing a new rule of law mechanism for the European Union, calling on leaders to "be at least as ambitious when it comes to the rule of law and fundamental rights as the European Union currently is with building up new financial solidarity mechanisms, common fiscal rules and Banking Union."


05/09/2013 - Viviane Reding in Berlin

Vice-President Reding was in Berlin on Thursday and Friday to discuss data protection. At a joint press conference (Bundespressconferenz) with Berlin's Justice Senator Thomas Heilmann, Reding and Heilmann made clear that adopting the Commission's proposal for a data protection reform must now take priority and welcomed Chancellor Merkel's determination to ensure high data protection standards. Heilmann and Reding jointly committed to strong European data protection rules.