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3. 12. 2013 15:31

The conference on EU citizenship evaluated results of the European Year of Citizens

On Monday, December 2nd, 2013, a final conference took place in the Kaiserstein Palace in Prague in order to conclude the European Year of Citizens organized under the auspices of the Czech Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok and in cooperation with European Commission Representation in Prague.

In his introductory speech, the Deputy State Secretary for European Affairs Martin Tlapa emphasized chances raised by the EU citizenship. At the same time, he mentioned a survey on benefits of the EU membership as they are perceived by the Czech citizens. According to this survey, the Czech people at most appreciate freedom of movement. Within political rights, they appraise possibility to make motions to the European ombudsman.

The conference offered a platform for discussion about topics which connect the European Year of Citizens 2013 with the foregoing thematically focused years – The European Year of Volunteering 2011 and the European Year for Active Aging and Solidarity between Generations 2012.

The meaning of their proclamation was explained by the Head of the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic Jan Michal. “European thematic years have several important effects: they strengthen the cooperation of EU bodies with national governments, civic associations and further corresponding parties and acquaint wide public with the principles and benefits of EU functioning“, he said.

In further parts, speakers gave a summary of practical results which were acquired through individual years. A special focus was put on exercise of individual rights evolving from the EU citizenship.

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