In the beginning of this week I got an invitation to an event called "It's our Europe: Let's get active!" which is organised by the European Ombudsman. I liked the title of the event because it assumes that the idea is to talk about motivating people and to support participation of citizens. Sounds like a great idea. But then again I was surprised that the event was actually organised by the European Ombudsman. I always thought this European institution would only work on complains. I wanted to have some background information about the work of the Ombudsman and the event to which I was invited. I wrote them and asked if we can meet and talk about the event and the work of the European Ombudsman. As it turned out, I got an answer just hours after I had sent my request for a meeting with the kind invitation to meet during the week. 

On Thursday April 4th I met with Gundi Gadesmann who is the Media and External Relations Officer at the European Ombudsman. We talked a bit and I asked her to tell me what the European Ombudsman actually does. Here is what she told me: 

The European Ombudsman P. Nikiforos Diamandouros. Credits: European Parliament/Pietro Naj-Oleari .
I then wanted to know more about the event itself: Why is the event organised now, in which framework, if there is any and what's the goal of an event that is called: "It's our Europe: Let's get active!"
So far I knew now. I liked the idea. It's good when we start asking ourselves what we can do, makes us think about our responsibility in this Year of European Citizens. But I still wanted to know what the idea behind the event is?
The event takes place on 23 April 2013, 09:30-12:30 followed by a reception Room 2Q2 (József Antall Building), European Parliament, Brussels 
Ok there will be high level politicians, which is nice for the people who will be attending the event and sitting in the room, but what about those people who are not in Brussels and who cannot come the event?
Live stream is provided via: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/home.faces Twitter hashtag #eyc2013eo 
Interactivity sounds great! 

I will be there for you to tweet (@Citizen_e) about the event and those of you who are in Brussels should come and ask questions, the registration can be done here: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/shortcuts/document.faces/en/49627/pdf.bookmark download the pdf, fill in your details and send it via email to: eo-news@ombudsman.europa.eu

The registration has to be done in this way because the event takes place in the European Parliament, for the security of everyone there has to be a prior registration of every participant.

If you can not attend, because you are living outside of Brussels, but you want to interact and know what everyone is talking about you can follow the event in 22 languages via live stream here:


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You can also get more information about the event on Facebook 


For more information about the European Ombudsman and the initiatives and speakers visit: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/start.faces 

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