Citizens from Malta and Sicily yesterday came together to air their views and insights on the future of Europe and what kind of Europe they’d like to see unfold in view of the European elections to be held in May of next year. The event followed another held in Palermo, Sicily in July.

Key speakers included Alessandro Giordani - Head of Unit "Citizens' Contact",European Commission; Elena Grech - Head, European Commission Representation in Malta; Beatrice Covassi - Head, European Commission Representation in Italy; H. E. Mario Sammartino, Italian Ambassador to Malta Anna Zammit - Acting Head, European Parliament Liasion Office in Malta.

In the run-up to the European Elections to be held in May of next year, the European Commission has embarked on this cross-border initiative in a number of EU Member States which seeks to facilitate a 'true European public opinion'. The transnational dialogues bring together citizens from Palermo, Trapani, Agrigento, Malta and Gozo to discuss and highlight issues of common interest regarding the EU, such as migration, cohesion policy, defence and security, research and digital economy, the eurozone and youth.

The event in Malta was a joint effort of the European Commission, Europe Direct Valletta (MEUSAC), Europe Direct University of Malta, Europe Direct Gozo, Europe Direct Carrefour Sicilia and EuropeDirect Trapani.

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