On Monday the 8th of October Vouliwatch introduced Greek voters to the YourVoteMatters platform.
Vouliwatch combined the presentation of the YourVoteMatters platform with an open discussion titled “EU Elections: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead”. Following an opening speech by Mr. Tsoutsoplidis, the representative of the EU Parliament office in Athens, the discussion on the challenges and future of Europe commenced. The panel of speakers which was moderated by Mrs. Boura, journalist of the Greek public broadcasting service, included two current MEPs, Mr. Kouloglou (GUE/NGL) and Mr. Androulakis (S&D) as well as Mrs. Asderaki an academic specialized in European affairs from the University of Piraeus. Following the initial speeches by the guest speakers, which touched upon issues such as the need for more institutional transparency, the rise of the political extremes and citizen’s disengagement with EU affairs, a lively discussion with the audience took place.
With the completion of the open discussion, the Director of Vouliwatch took the floor to present the YourVoteMatters platform highlighting all its features and the benefits it offers to citizens, civil society organization as well as MEPs and candidates. The audience, which included primarily students, members of civil society and journalists showed great interest in the project which led to an extensive Q&A session.