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We need to act to restore that trust and to empower our citizens - Gilmore

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 05:26 PM

The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore - Photographs by Dave Nowak (www.facebook.com/PhotoNowak)
Photographs by Dave Nowak (www.facebook.com/PhotoNowak)

As part of the European Year of Citizens 2013 the first Citizen's Dialogue of the Year was held yesterday in Dublin and attended by 200 people. Also in attendance was the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the President of the European Union Jose Manuel Barroso. The objective of the year is to ensure that people know their rights as EU citizens and how to exercise them to the full.

Speaking at the even the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said: "The economic crisis has seen levels of public trust suffer at national and EU levels. We need to act to restore that trust and to empower our citizens. During the next six months, the Irish Presidency is committed to prioritising those measures on the EU agenda that can help to restore financial and economic stability in Europe and create the conditions for sustainable jobs and growth - issues that are of direct concern to all our citizens."

During the day which was facilitated by Pat Kenny, debate centred around the current economic crisis, the rights and benefits of EU citizenship and what the EU is likely to look like in the year 2020. The Citizen's Dialogue of the Year was organised by the European Movement in Ireland on behalf of the European Commission and the Irish Government.
We have more images from the event on Flickr which you can check out from this link. (Photographs by Dave Nowak)

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