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10. 5. 2013 19:06

Day of Europe in Prague and in the regions

On Friday May 10th Kampa island in Prague held celebrations of Europe Day. Throughout the afternoon visitors could visit the EU Member States stands where embassies introduced the cultural heritage of their countries in the form of publications, quizzes, giveaways and gourmet specialties. The event was organized by the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic in cooperation with the European Parliament Information Office, European Affairs Information Department of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Transport and embassies of the EU Member States.

At the stands of organizations dealing with the rights of the European Union citizens, visitors could get useful information about opportunities to study abroad or drawing of EU structural funds. A pleasant accompanying programme was a number of musical and dance performances presented by ensembles of several European countries.

Given that the year 2013 has been designated as the European Year of Citizens, there was a tent with video presentations of projects dedicated to victims of totalitarian regimes, supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme and the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. Despite the bad weather, especially in the late afternoon, the festival could not complain about the lack of visitors.

Europe Day celebrations also took place in all regional capitals. Apart from the competitions and knowledge quizzes, seminars were organized for those interested in working or studying abroad. An interesting supplement of informational and educational activities were a concert of Hungarian band Mitsoura in Brno or the possibility to visit the Lešná castle for free. In Pardubice, event called “Europe Day on bike - following the EU footsteps“ took place. The participants rode bikes around the city and got to know successful projects supported within the Regional operational programme “Severovýchod (North-East)“.

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