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Bettel to meet with citizens to discuss their EU concerns

by HP 13.04.2018 From our online archive
Initiative introduced by French president, who said many EU citizens feel 'disconnected' from decisions being made in Brussels
Consultations aim to gather people's views and concerns ahead of the European elections in 2019 (photo: AFP)
Consultations aim to gather people's views and concerns ahead of the European elections in 2019 (photo: AFP)

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel will hold citizen-consultation session this month to allow people to voice their concerns and hopes about the European Union (EU) and better understand its function.

The initiative was introduced by French president Emmanuel Macron, who said many EU citizens feel "disconnected" from decisions being made in Brussels.

"Many European feel they are not sufficiently involved in the decisions that affect them," he said.

From mid-April, Bettel will start a series of consultations that will run until July on various topics, including European values, the single market and 'what does your Europe look like?'.

The aim of the consultations is to gather people's views and concerns ahead of the European elections in 2019.

According to the Luxembourgish government, the sessions are a "way to ask people about the European project they want and a tool to better involve them".

A report on the main outcomes from consultations held across all participating governments will be published in December and is said to be used to help EU heads of state to identify priorities for the next 5-10 years.

The first consultation – 'what does your Europe look like?' – will take place on 20 April at the Halle des Poche à Fonte in Belval, and places are limited to 120 people.

The following session, held on 27 July at the university, will focus on freedom vs security and include European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality Vera Jourova and Luxembourg minister of justice Félix Braz.

The Luxembourg government has launched a website with information about the initiative.

For more information, click here.