The Delegation of the EU to Rwanda, in close cooperation with the missions of EU countries, supports regular public diplomacy activities to reach out to Rwandans in urban and rural areas in an effort to increase the knowledge and understanding of the EU, create links between European and Rwandans and increase the visibility of EU relations with Rwanda. Some examples of our regular activities are:
Each 9 May Europe Day celebrates peace and unity in Europe as it marks the anniversary of the historic 1950 Schuman Declaration, which set out a vision for a new form of European political cooperation which sought to make war between European nations unthinkable. Europe Day is celebrated in Kigali.
European Film Festival
Every year, the European Union Film Festival gives Rwandans a chance to experience Europe's diverse and rich film heritage. Whether highlighting historic events, political subjects or personal dilemmas, European films are intellectually stimulating and culturally engaging. The festival runs for one week and is organised by the Delegation in cooperation with the Diplomatic Missions and cultural institutes of EU countries.
Public Discussion Series
The public discussion series are organised roughly every quarter by the Delegation. The discussions feature different panellists from government, civil society, private sector, EU Delegation and EU member states depending on the theme of the debate. In the past, the discussions stimulated debates around topics such as media, regional integration, or education.