A citizens' debate under the brand 'rEUnion: Reflecting on Europe' is taking place in Malta on 2 February. This is the first citizens' debate supported by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Malta in the context of the new campaign - "Reflecting on Europe".
Upon the initiative of Joseph Cordina (MT/PES), Mayor of Xaghra and Head of the Maltese delegation to the CoR, the event is organized by the Local Councils' Association in cooperation with the national office of the European Parliament. The event represents an opportunity to have an open and interactive debate with citizens on the future of the European project, its concrete achievements, and the challenges facing it today. The main objective is to listen to the citizens and report back to the EU institutions in Brussels in order to contribute to the ongoing reflection on the future of Europe.
With the participation of the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Markku Markkula, the Mayor of Xaghra and Head of the Maltese delegation to the CoR, Joseph Cordina, the Parliamentary Secretary for EU funds and 2017 Presidency, Ian Borg MP, the Mayor of Zebbug, Sarah Agius, and the Member of the Parliament of Malta and Shadow Minister, Marthese Portelli it is intended that the event should result in an open and lively debate.
"Reflecting on Europe" is an initiative launched by the European Committee of the Regions to offer a space for citizens to present their ideas, thoughts and opinions on what the European Union should be. In this context, regional and local authorities are asked to engage in a dialogue with their citizens and to collect feedback on their concerns, thoughts and ideas about the future of the EU. The CoR takes the commitment to make citizens' voices heard and to take into account their input in shaping the on-going political debate on the future of Europe.
During the CoR's plenary debate on the "Reflection on the EU", on 11 October 2016, CoR members have been called upon to engage in going local and listening to their citizens, as the most credible elected politicians. The aim is to establish a dialogue with people in simple words, around joint values and with the possibility of bringing their concerns to the EU institutions.