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Viviane Reding in Vilnius to debate with citizens

Vilnius town hall (Nikater, wiki commons)

After 40 dialogues in cities across Europe, on Friday 13 December, Vice-President Viviane Reding was in Vilnius to debate about Europe's way out of the economic crisis, citizens' rights and the future of Europe with over 200 citizens coming from Lithuania.

Speaking during the debate, Vice-President Reding explained that the European elections set to take place in May 2014 are more important than national elections, because they decide about the direction a whole continent will take. "After 5 years of crisis and crisis management, it is now for citizens across Europe to have a say," said Reding. "But the future is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. Elections are determined by the people who turn up. I want to see turnout at the next elections surpass 50%."

Asked about Lithuania joining the euro, Vice-President Reding explained that "It makes commercial sense to share the currency of the countries to which you sell 60% of your exports. It makes economic sense to join a currency with a great track record of keeping interest rates and inflation low. And it makes political sense to be part of this strong currency union. Lithuania’s influence in the world will increase, just like when it joined NATO and then the EU."