On January 14th, BBC World Questions comes to Lisbon to bring together leading politicians and the public to discuss the issues that matter to Portuguese people - education and public health, the environment, housing, tourism and how best to grow the economy.

Chairing the debate at the CCB Cultural Centre in Lisbon, the BBC’s Manuela Saragosa will be joined by a panel of leading politicians and opinion formers who will be debating questions from the audience. The panel will include:

  • Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister of State for the Economy and the Digital Transition, Socialist Party (PS)
  • Miguel Pinto Luz, Deputy Mayor of Cascais, Social Democratic Party (PSD)
  • António Costa Pinto, Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
  • Catarina Carvalho, Journalist and Executive Editor in Chief, Diário de Notícias

Stephen Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service English said: “We take our flagship debate programme to countries around the globe to hear what the world is talking about; and we are in Lisbon to find out about the important issues concerning Portugal and also what Portugal thinks about events across Europe, and around the world.”

Rob Pender, Country Director of the British Council in Portugal, said: “Having World Questions in Lisbon is a great opportunity for the public to enjoy a democratic debate about pressing national political and social issues. We are very pleased to partner with the BBC World Service to mark this occasion, and look forward to an interesting, enlightening debate. The World Questions partnership is one we at the British Council value highly as part of our mission to promote cultural relations and connect people around the world.”

BBC World Questions: Lisbon is an English language event created in partnership with the British Council and will be recorded for radio broadcast worldwide. It will be recorded in English on Tuesday 14th January at the CCB Cultural Centre in Lisbon. The reception starts at 1800 (for a 1900 start).

Members of the public can join the debate and be part of the audience by applying for FREE tickets HERE