News from Berlin
Berlin Celebrates Europe Day at Brandenburger Tor
May 13th, 2014
News from Berlin - On Friday May 9th the celebrations of Europe Day took place at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The main goal of the event was to promote citizen information and participation in European issues. The day started with an opening ceremony at 11am and continued the whole day until 7pm. During this time a rich program was prepared, in which cultural performances from several countries were complemented with discussions on different European topics.
The greatest focus was put on the oncoming European Union parliament elections with mottos such as “Berlin Votes Europe” or “Europe is Here”. It also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the biggest EU enlargement in 2004, when ten mostly Eastern European post-socialist countries joined the EU. There were discussions with ambassadors and professionals about public opinion on the EU and democratic development in these countries.
Apart from the program on the main stage, Pariser Platz was also full of stands where different organizations were represented. Attendees could learn about EU institutions, EU elections and why it is important to vote. Many youth organizations were also presenting their projects and events that aim to motivate young people to get involved and participate in politics. Special stands and activities were also prepared for children. Last but not least the city of Berlin, as well as many other countries, offered tourist information and degustation of their typical products. Europe Day in Berlin was a real place of cultural exchange where all visitors and citizens could meet and approach Europe in a very friendly and pleasant way.
News from Berlin – Berlin Global