The geographical location of Saxony in the border triangle between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic offers favourable conditions for cross-border dialogues. The organisers intend to highlight the importance of the ever closer interconnections of the border regions. They aim to emphasise that these regions are to be given higher priority in national policy and that cross border regions need to be seen as an opportunity to deepen European integration regionally.
As a second stage of a series of three events, citizens from the regions of Saxony (DE), Lower Silesia (PL) and Usti and Karlovy Vary (CZ) are going to elaborate on the topic of European Citizenship.
High-level speakers will be present in the debate: Katja Meier from Landtag Sachsen, Jörg Wojahn from the European Commission and expert Daphne Büllesbach.
The event concept was developped with the support of the Bertelsmann Siftung and in partnership with the Saxon State Ministry of Justice, for Democracy, European Affairs and Gender Equality, the Marshal's Office of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Euroregion Elbe/Labe, Euregio EGRENSIS Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sachsen/Thüringen and Europe Direct Vogtland.
Organisers hope to promote a shift from top down communication to real democratic participation, so that the future of Europe is best tailored to citizens' needs.