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Citizens' Dialogue: Young people to discuss the future of social Europe with Commissioner Schmit ahead of Porto Social Summit

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Today (4 May), young people from Portugal will discuss the future of social Europe with jobs and Social Rights Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, and Portugal's Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Minister Ana Mendes Godinho. The event is part of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a citizens-focused, bottom-up exercise for Europeans to have their say on what they expect from the European Union. The conference opens a new path towards a genuine engagement with our citizens, bringing them to the heart of EU policy-making. Participants in Tuesday's dialogue can voice their concerns and ideas about social rights in Europe, and ask the politicians questions on topics such as employment, training, equal opportunities and social protection.

Up to 100 people will participate in the citizens' dialogue, which will take place in virtual format at 14h Lisbon time (15h Brussels time). The debate can be followed online here and here (in Portuguese) and here and here (in English). It comes just a few days before the Social Summit in Porto where European institutions, member states, social partners and civil society are expected to renew their commitment to a strong social Europe and present their perspective on a fair, inclusive and resilient recovery from the coronavirus crisis. The Commission put forward an Action Plan in March to further implement the European Pillar of Social Rights and address the socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic, as well as more long-term demographic, societal and technological challenges.

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Vice President Katainen in #Malta for a #CitizensDialogue

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Tomorrow (5 March) Vice President Jyrki Katainen (pictured) will be in Valletta, Malta, where he will meet Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. He will participate in a Citizens' Dialogue on the Future of Europe at the G.F. Abela Junior College in Msida. He will also attend a working breakfast with MEP Roberta Metsola, as well as business representatives on 'Bringing Europe's Investment Plan to SMEs and industry in Malta'. The vice president will then take part in a working lunch with representatives of the Malta Development Bank.

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Commissioner Navracsics to host #CitizensDialogue in Brussels on #FutureOfEurope

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On Monday, 17 December, Education, Culture, Youth & Sport Commissioner Tibor Navracsics (pictured) is participating in a Citizens' Dialogue on the future of Europe. The debate will be part of a full day of workshops where citizens from various member states will discuss their views on priorities for future EU action and listen to the views of others.

The topic is the future of Europe, and results will feed into the ‘road to Sibiu' process, in the run-up to the Leaders' Summit in Sibiu, Romania, in May 2019. Monday's event in Brussels will bring together citizens from different backgrounds from nine member states. It will be followed by eight similar workshop-style events, three in Brussels and five in smaller cities outside national capitals in Poland, Hungary, Italy, Finland and Cyprus. Ahead of this week's European Council, the European Commission published a progress report on Citizens' Dialogues and Citizens' Consultations.

Monday's dialogue can be followed on EbS.

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#BetterRegulation: A 'one-stop-shop' for citizen contributions to the Commission's law-making process

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_Connecting Europe LogoAs of 1 March, the Commission has put in place a new web presence for citizens and stakeholders to have their say throughout the policy-making cycle.
Following commitments made in the Better Regulation Agenda, the Commission has now transitioned to a single web portal where feedback is collected on all new initiatives from the initial roadmap stage all the way through to legislative proposals (including draft implementing and delegated acts). This portal will also be the place for suggestions on making existing EU law more effective and efficient and reducing unnecessary burdens, contributing to the work of the REFIT Platform. The new portal is accessible here.

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