The Delegation of the European Union and EU Member States launch the Europe Month 2012 in Albania (02/05/2012)
Tirana, 30 April 2012
The Head of the EU Delegation to Albania, Ambassador Ettore Sequi, Ambassadors and representatives of the EU Member States to Albania launched today at the EU Info Centre in Tirana the Europe Month 2012. Attending the event were the Minister of Integration Majlinda Bregu, and the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration, Ditmir Bushati.
The Europe Month will comprise a series of social, cultural and political events, which aims at drawing the Albanian public’s attention to life and developments in the European Union and in the relations between the EU and Albania. This initiative will complement the main event that the Delegation holds to commemorate the Schuman Day (Europe Day) on 9 May, and aims to put the EU in direct contact with local people.
The activities are intended either for the general public or for more specific target groups such as policy makers, university students, members of the business community, academics, journalists and diplomats.
Delivering an address at the launching event Ambassador Sequi stated that in view of the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence it had been decided that an entire month of events is dedicated to celebrate Europe.
"As promised, we have worked to bring you and the EU closer to each other", said Ambassador Sequi. By quoting one of the funding fathers of the European Union, Jean Monnet, Ambassador Sequi underlined: "We are not building coalitions between states, we unite people. This is what the Europe Month aims at".
Sequi added that a series of events would be organised in the frame of the Europe’s Month, among which he mentioned the launch of an EU Info Relay for Albanian businesses, the running race and cycling event on the 9th of May, the European Film Festival, Rock the Block concert, the Festival of Diversity in the frame of Day against homophobia, a Web Chat with young people, etc.
The Ambassador of France to Albania, Christine Moro, said all EU Member States had co-operated closely with one another and Albanian institutions to produce, as a result, a number of extensive events which will take place in May 2012.
The Ambassador of Slovenia to Albania, HE Mr Bojan Bertoncelj greeted the initiative as well.
The Ambassador of Spain to Albania, Rafael Tormo Peréz, said today’s event was a good example of the co-operation between Albanian institutions and politicians, which was highlighted by the presence of both Minister of Integration Majlinda Bregu and Ditmir Bushati SP MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration.
The Minister of Integration said that the activities which will start with the contribution of the EU Delegation in the frame of the Europe Month will not end on the 31 May, because this is a very important year for the integration process of the country into the European family.
The activities of the Europe Month are open to the public and free of charge.
Calendar of the EU Month activities [885 KB]
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