The European Public Space, an initiative aimed enhancing dialogue between European citizens and institutions, was launched by EU Education Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at the EU house in Nicosia on Thursday.
“Debating is the best way to recap and reflect where we want Europe to go because Europe will take the direction its citizens want it to take. So, debating is essential and the European Public Space fits this purpose perfectly,” said Vassiliou.
The European Public Space (EPS) is an EU communication initiative, implemented jointly by the European Parliament and the European Commission. It is a space where citizens are able to obtain information about European matters, while it also serves as a meeting point for dialogue.
The EPS projects have been set up and are available in most of the 28 EU member states.
The aim of EPS is to promote and enhance the dialogue between European citizens and EU institutions and facilitate citizen dialogue on European activities.
At the same time, it will also offer information by providing information material and access to sources of information on European affairs. It will host European events and cultural activities, such as seminars and round table discussions. In addition, the EPS will be available to civil society organisations for their meetings and activities.
“The European Public Space touches the very essence of the EU itself, since it serves as an interactive portal for information and communication between citizens and EU institutions,” said Alexandra Attalidou, acting head of the European Parliament Office in Cyprus.
“Here, the European citizens of Cyprus are able to ‘cover’ the geographical distance, find themselves in the heart of the EU and be informed about decisions that affect them. As far as the EU institutions are concerned, they come closer to citizens by listening to their opinions, demands and concerns,” she added.
Head of the Commission Representation in Cyprus Georgios Markopouliotis said the EPS initiative “demonstrates in the most practical way the commitment of the European Parliament and the European Commission to carry on together with their essential information campaign for citizens and dialogue with Europe”.