On Friday, January 25, 2019, Europe Direct Valletta, MEUSAC and the European Parliament Liaison Office in Malta organised the first of a series of events related to the May European Parliament elections and the ‘thistimeimvoting.eu’ campaign.
A number of Maltese MEPs participated in a panel discussion themed ‘L-Ewropa fis-Suq mal-MEPs Maltin’ held at ‘Is-Suq tal-Belt’ - the Valletta Food Market.
The discussion revolved around the main themes highlighted by citizens themselves through the ‘thistimeimvoting.eu’ website, namely the future of Europe, citizens’ rights and youth. Participants were briefed by the MEPs present on the legislative work carried out in the past five years on a range of topics they covered, while participants had the time to intervene on topics such as employment, the need for the EU to invest more in cancer research, the environment, Brexit, disinformation, populism, the future of the euro, and opportunities for the younger generations such as Erasmus.
The panel comprised of MEPs Roberta Metsola, Marlene Mizzi, Alfred Sant and Francis Zammit Dimech. A number of candidates for the May EP elections also participated in the event.
In her opening address, MEUSAC Head Mandy Falzon spoke of the importance of listening to the concerns, hopes and aspirations of citizens by those involved in decision-making in the EU. Citizens also need to know how and in what ways the EU is affecting their everyday life so that they feel they can influence the way the EU is shaped in the future and also feel that their vote in the upcoming European elections counts, Ms Falzon said.