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Vice-President Jyrki Katainen
In his series of visits to Finnish regions before the European elections, Vice-President Jyrki Katainen held three Citizens' Dialogues in two days. He was in Helsinki on 1 April 2019, where he met citizens and students, and in Jyväskylä the next day. All three events revolved around discussions on the future of Europe and other topics, mainly related to the environment and sustainable consumption.
Vice-President Katainen was in Jyväskylä with Members of European Parliament Heidi Hautala (Vihr./Greens), Henna Virkkunen (Kok./EPP) and Nils Torvalds (Rkp./ALDE) to discuss with citizens the Future of the EU, European Elections and what kind of internal and external threats is the EU facing.
Asked in the beginning if they felt their voice was heard in the EU, 80% of participants said they did.
Participants asked questions about the participation of young people and scientific and research communities in decision-making processes.
Other topics that came up were taxation on big digital companies, cybersecurity and environmental issues such as taxes on kerosene.
At the end of the debate, 100% of participants replied positively to the question on whether the Dialogue had improved their knowledge of the EU.