European Year of Citizens

It’s About Europe, It’s About You

2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Irish accession to the EU.  This anniversary also coincided with Ireland’s 7th rotation holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU from January to June 2013, and with the designation of 2013 as the European Year of Citizens (EYC).  Following the success of the year, it has been decided by the European Commission that the some actions of the Year of Citizens will continue into 2014.

Below you will find information on the range of regional events held by EM Ireland in 2013 to mark the EYC.  More events and activities will take place over the course of 2014.  Stay tuned for more details or email us on info@europeanmovement.ie.

 EM Ireland’s Regional Dialogues 2013
Report on EM Ireland’s Regional Citizens’ Dialogues – Download (.PDF)

In light of the successful launch of the Year of Citizens by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and President Barroso in Dublin on 10 January 2013, and to follow on from the Citizens’ Dialogue event which took place with Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Viviane Reding & Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD, EM Ireland were pleased to host a number of regional Citizens’ Dialogues around Ireland over the course of 2013.

Kildare Regional Dialogue, Áras Chill Dara, Monday 9 December.  More information is available by following this link.

Wexford Regional Dialogue, Wexford County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford, Monday 25 November.  More information is available by following this link.

Limerick Regional Dialogue, Savoy Hotel, Limerick City, Thursday 26 September.  More information is available by following this link.

Galway Regional Dialogue, Galway County Hall, Monday 8 April.  More information is available by following this link.

Cork Regional Dialogue, Cork City Hall, Friday 15 February.  More information is available by following this link.

What is a Citizens’ Dialogue?

In his 2012 State of the Union address, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, called for a broad debate of a truly European dimension with citizens of the EU.  To this end, between September 2012 and December 2013, the European Commission organised a series of dialogues with EU citizens from all walks of life, entitled A Debate on the Future of Europe.

As part of this debate, Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Viviane Reding, held 19 Citizens’ Dialogue events in locations across the EU and online.  These dialogues were open meetings of 200-500 people, during which political leaders from the Commission, other European and national institutions and local politicians, listened to and engaged with citizens on the issues that are affecting them.

The fifth of these Dialogues took place in Dublin City Hall on 10 January 2013.

A selection of photos from the day are available to view on the EM Ireland Facebook page.