On 15 March, a group of 47 Maltese citizens joined citizens from Trapani, Palermo, Agrigento and Pantelleria for the third and final transnational dialogue on the Future of Europe. Following the first two dialogues in Palermo and Malta respectively, the third meeting was held at the Università degli Studi in Trapani.

The meeting in Trapani, discussed in small groups diverse issues related to the future of Europe such as the multi-annual budget, agriculture, employment, foreign relations, fiscal matters and the environment.

Alessandro Giordani - Head of Unit ‘Citizens' Contact’, of the European Commission explained to the participants some issues at stake in the upcoming European elections, among which the Spitzenkandidaten process and the importance of voting.

Other speakers who addressed the participants in plenary were representatives of the Mayor of Trapani and of the Prefecture of Trapani.

Europe Direct Managers from Trapani and Palermo and Joe Sciberras, Europe Direct Valletta Manager, gave an overview of the activities related to the ‘thistimeimvoting.eu’ campaign of the European Parliament elections, in Trapani, Palermo and Malta respectively.

In the run-up to the European Elections to be held between 23 and 26 May (25 May in Malta), 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 brought together citizens from Malta and Sicily to discuss and highlight issues of common interest regarding the EU.

The events were a joint effort of the European Commission, Europe Direct Valletta (MEUSAC), Europe Direct University of Malta, Europe Direct Gozo, Europe Direct Carrefour Sicilia and Europe Direct Trapani.

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