Published On: Tue, Jul 16th, 2013

“The EU needs more democracy”

“Europe is democratic, but must become even more democratic in the future, if it is to be given new competences”.

This is what the Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, is calling for in the run-up to a discussion with citizens, which she and the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, will hold today, 16 July, in Heidelberg. The discussion is one of the Citizens’ Dialogues on the future of Europe that have been initiated by the Commission. After twenty-four dialogues in fourteen EU Member States, it is now the turn of around four hundred citizens in Heidelberg to share with the politicians their opinions, concerns, visions and questions regarding Europe’s future, the consequences of the economic crisis and their rights as EU citizens.

“Baden-Württemberg is aiming to foster civic participation. That is something I support. We also need more civic participation in European questions, and I would like to discuss how best to achieve this with the participants in Heidelberg,” said the Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. “The Heidelberg Assembly of 1848 was a milestone on the way to the assembly in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt, and thus to the development of democracy in Germany. We need a similar democratic impetus in today’s Europe”.

The Citizens’ Dialogue takes place today, 16 July, from 19:00 to 21:00 in Halle02 in Heidelberg. It will be webstreamed live and will be moderated by Mathias Zurawski, a journalist from the south-western radio station (SWR). Citizens from all over Europe can also participate in the debate via Twitter (#EUdeb8). In the run-up to the event, interested parties have been able to obtain information and to participate via Twitter @EU_Muenchen and Facebook.


Via: European Commission


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