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Citizens’ dialogue in Ventotene Island on the future of Europe

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Vice-President Tajani will debate on the future of Europe with 500 high school students arriving from the Province of Latina.

Only if we stay united we can leave the crisis behind and successfully tackle the challenges that await us. That’s why we need more Europe. It’s not time to let go of the valuable legacy of the European democratic institutions that our founders left us. We have a duty to keep working for a political and caring Europe with an eye to the new generations. To stop now and go back, towards the breaking up of the continent, would condemn us to decline and irrelevance

 

On 27th May Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, will guide five hundred pupils on a virtual trip about the origins of the European Union, going through its history and discussing about
the challenges ahead of us.

How do we get through the crisis? Are we ready for a federal Europe? Will the accession of new Member states make Europe weaker? How to face together hot issues such as the protection of the environment, overpopulation of the planet and human rights in a more and more globalised world? These are some of the questions Tajani will reply to in the framework of the ‘Citizens’
Dialogue’ initiative promoted by the European Commission for the year of the European
citizenship.

Before the debate Tajani has said: “Only if we stay united we can leave the crisis behind and successfully tackle the challenges that await us. That’s why we need more Europe. It’s not time to let go of the valuable legacy of the European democratic institutions that our founders left us. We have a duty to keep working for a political and caring Europe with an eye to the new generations. To stop now and go back, towards the breaking up of the continent, would condemn us to decline and irrelevance.”

The event will take place on May 27th from 12, 30 in Piazza Castello in Ventotene. Follow the event in live streaming or alternatively submit your questions to the Vice President Tajani by using the
Twitter hashtag #EUdeb8.

Similar events promoted by the Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, are taking place in all the 27 EU Member States.
In Italy the open dialogue with the citizens is organised in six phases. Four of them have already taken place: Naples (30th November 2012) on employment with European Commission László Andor, Turin (21th February) with Commission Cecilia Malmström on security, Rome with Tajani on entrepreneurship and industry and Pisa with Commissioner Janez Potočnik on sustainable development.

At the end of this series of events Viviane Reding will hold an open session to draw the conclusions of the debate.

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