EU Citizens – Your Future, Your Rights – Have Your Say
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On May 9, Europe Day, the European Commission launched the broadest public consultation ever, asking citizens to set the future agenda for the next years and shape the future of the European Union.
The consultation is open until 9 September, during which time the public are being asked about the obstacles they face in exercising their rights as EU citizens, be it when shopping online, when enjoying the natural environment or when travelling in Europe.
The public consultation comes ahead of the 2013 European Year of Citizens. The input received from the public will feed directly into the Commission’s policy agenda and form the basis for the 2013 EU Citizenship Report, to be presented on May 9, 2013.
EU citizens can have their say by filling a short online questionnaire. In order to inform the public of this initiative and to assist in the filling in of the questionnaire, MEUSAC will be organising various events around Malta and Gozo where people can gain more information about the consultation and also fill in the questionnaire online.
Those taking part in the consultation events will also have the chance to win an iPad 3.
MEUSAC Head Vanni Xuereb and the Head of the European Parliament’s Office in Malta, Peter Agius, were present at The Point in Sliema this morning at one of our stands where passing shoppers were invited to fill in the citizenship questionnaire.
Dr Xuereb stressed the importance of activities such as these that provide entities responsible for the dissemination of EU related information with the opportunity to engage with the general public. Moreover, in this case, persons who would otherwise not have taken the initiative, are having their say through the online consultation.
Dr Agius pointed out that the European Union is above all a union of peoples and hence it is the citizens which should drive Europe and give it its future direction. The European Parliament is ensuring this through its presence on the ground in all the corners of Europe thanks to the elected representatives, the MEPs, which build an enduring relationship with their constituency – the European Citizens.
The European Parliament is also active in receiving complaints on infringements of European rights through the possibility of any citizen to lodge a petition with the European Parliament. The Parliament in fact receives around 1500 petitions per year. These petitions are closely examined and followed with action in cooperation with national authorities.
The questionnaire can be accessed through http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=EUCitizenship3&lang=en, moreover the public is encouraged to visit its local venue to get more information about the campaign and get in the chance of winning an iPad 3.
In Gozo, information on the campaign will be available on August the 17th at Arkadia Gozo between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
The winner will be announced following the final event.
This measure is one of the operations of the Management Partnership as a result of which MEUSAC implements information measures agreed to by the Government, the European Parliament and the Commission. The operation is financed by the Commission (DG Communication).