Local dialogue in Cluj-Napoca brings together young people to discuss democracy, education and the future of Europe with European, national and local leaders

​Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă, President of the European Committee of the Regions, Apostolos Tzitzikostas and Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Emile Boc exchanged with citizens following the Conference on the Future of Europe.


Romanian Prime Minister, Nicolae Ciucă, President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Apostolos Tzitzikostas, and Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Emil Boc, exchanged today with young people from Cluj-Napoca on the future of Europe and the role that young people can play in the democratic process at European, national and regional/local level.

Local consultation


Europe Rolls Out in Transylvania: Building on Democracy, Education and Youth – What’s Next After CoFE ” took place as a follow-up to the Conference on the Future of Europe and is the 4e EU-local dialogue organized in Cluj-Napoca.

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Romanian Prime Minister Nicholas Ciucasaid:
The future of the European Union is being written today, in Cluj-Napoca, by creative and enthusiastic young people and by the strong pro-European spirit of the Romanians. I am honored to take part in the debate on the future of Europe with young Romanians, CoR President Apostolos Tzitzikostas and Mayor of Cluj-Napoca Emil Boc. In these difficult times, the involvement of the younger generation is essential for the functioning of democracy and the identification of answers that concern education, the future of technology and employment.


Apostolos TzitzikostasCoR President and Governor of the Greek region of Central Macedonia, said:
I thank Prime Minister Ciucă and Mayor Boc for the warm welcome I received in Romania and congratulate the people I met during today’s local dialogue with the young people of Cluj-Napoca for their participation and enthusiasm. It is crucial that we continue the debate on the future of Europe beyond the Conference. Thanks to our committee, the conclusions of COFE include very concrete initiatives, such as EU youth councils, EU local councilors and EU democracy houses, which can help to bring citizens’ Europe. We must work on their rapid implementation.”

Mayor of Cluj-Napoca Emile Boc commented :
“Beyond our official qualities, we are here today among friends, in Cluj-Napoca and we are in a privileged context to be able to debate, in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, the importance of democracy, education and youth. Let’s not forget that 400 km from us, weapons are being fired and people are dying. We are talking about democracy, youth, education, all subjects that are dear to us here , in Cluj.

Earlier in the day, President Tzitzikostas, Mayor Boc and Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, met with key regional political players , the innovation sector and academia to pay tribute to the region of Transylvania and its “Cluj Way”, Cluj-Napoca being highly regarded as a city that combines knowledge economy and citizen participation. They opened the

InnoWave SummitCluj, one of the most important conferences focused on high technology and innovation in South East Europe. Other events took place at the Regional Center for Creative Industries. They launched the conference “Youth Friendly City:
Europe is going local“– a European cooperation project on youth work and the creation of a network of former European Youth Capitals. As part of the CoR initiative
”The EU Green Deal goes local”and to follow through on the EU’s pledge to plant 3 billion trees, they planted trees in the educational park.

Local consultation”
Europe Rolls Out in Transylvania: Building on Democracy, Education and Youth – What’s Next After CoFE
” took place as a follow-up to the Conference on the Future of Europe and can be viewed
here.



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