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The Christmas season began in earnest on 7 December with the highly-anticipated European Union Christmas Concert. Hundreds of music lovers packed the Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral to be part of the annual Christmas tradition in Ottawa.


The candidacy of Ms Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle for the post of Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, was submitted in Rome on Monday 17 December 2018. The next Director General will be elected by the 194 Member States of the Organisation during its 41st Conference in June 2019. Ms Geslain-Lanéelle from France was identified as the EU candidate by the Council of the European Union on 15 October 2018.

On this day, 70 years ago, the Member States of the United Nations came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This step brought the world together after the greatest tragedy in human history. We have come a long way since then.

The European Union Film Festival season officially opened on 15 November with the screening of Austrian award-winning film "Mademoiselle Paradis" at the newly-built Ottawa Art Gallery. This year’s edition features 27 films, 27 unique stories from 27 European Union Member States and appeals to every cinematic taste through a wide collection of award-winning films – everything from drama and comedy to tragedy, romance and adventure, a roller-coaster of emotions.