The event in Cluj-Napoca was part of a series of Citizens' Dialogues that involve the whole European Commission and take place in all EU Member States. The topic of the dialogue was Horizon Europe – challenges and perspectives where the Commissioner had as co-stage partner the Mayor of Cluj Napoca, Emil Boc.
This was part of a visit to Cluj Napoca which included also the official opening of the Startup Youth innoCamp, where the Commissioner held a speech and launched the European Capital of Innovation 2020 contest, Cluj-Napoca being one of the cities to apply for the award.
Citizens showed increased interest in the dialogue, as shown not only by the increased presence beyond expectations (150 people present vs. 100 estimated), but also by the questions asked. The audience was very diverse and people acting in various fields (university, NGOs, ,IT, MEP, political leaders) as well as simple citizens were offered the chance to ask questions.
The Sli.do vote showed that over 70% of those present were interested in participating in Horizon missions, while about 26% would like to receive more information.