Join the debate! Commissioner Vassiliou takes part in Pan-European Citizens' Dialogue
Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will join citizens from across the EU, together with Commission President José Manuel Barroso, nine other Commissioners and members of the European Parliament in the Pan-European Citizens' Dialogue tomorrow, 27 March.
The event, which is the culmination of 50 dialogues held in cities in every one of the EU's 28 Member States, will focus on issues that have been raised in the previous debates over the past 18 months such as how to improve citizens' rights, the measures taken by the EU to overcome the crisis, how to achieve sustainability and competitiveness and how can to create a more inclusive society. Commissioner Vassiliou will participate in a debate entitled 'The human factor: lifelong learning, jobs and an inclusive society' with Lázló Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
Commissioner Vassiliou said: "I have enjoyed taking part in previous Citizen's Dialogues in Limassol and Brussels: these events are an excellent opportunity to listen and respond to the public's concerns. I am particularly looking forward to the Pan-European debate and focusing on issues that are at the heart of my agenda in the Commission. The funding programmes under my responsibility – in particular Erasmus+ - will offer more opportunities than ever for individuals and organisations to benefit from EU support for education, skills and creativity. In all, 4 million people will benefit from Erasmus+ grants over the next seven years to study, train, work or volunteer abroad."
Citizens can get involved in the debate on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #EUdeb8. The other European Commissioners taking part in the Pan-European Dialogue are: Vice-Presidents Reding and Rehn, with Commissioners Potočnik, De Gucht, Damanaki, Hahn, Hedegaard, and Mimica.
Pan-European Citizens' Dialogue on Twitter: #EUdeb8