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Come and Celebrate Europe Day in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv!

7 травня, 2004 р.

    *** The Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine invites Ukrainian citizens to a celebration of the European Union’s anniversary: Europe Day. This year’s motto is: “The European Union is coming closer to Ukraine”.
    This year celebrations will take place not only in Kyiv but also in two more cities of Ukraine: on May 15, 2004 on Khreshatik and Independence Square in the centre of Kyiv; on 18 May in Dnipropetrovsk on Lenin Square and on 20 May in Lviv on Prospekt Svoboda (next to the Opera). Events are free of charge. The main attractions are: an open-air popular music concert, bringing together bands from both Ukraine and the EU and a European Village, where EU Embassies will offer Ukrainians a taste of their countries.
    The European village. In each city we will provide information on the European Union after Enlargement and on individual countries. All the Embassies of the EU countries represented in Kyiv have been working enthusiastically to prepare this event and have prepared numerous surprises for the Ukrainian citizens. Visitors will have an opportunity to chat with European Ambassadors, to taste Lithuanian bread, to take classes in Austrian Waltz, to test your knowledge of the EU in quizzes and to win trips to European destinations . In addition to last year’s event the European village will also feature a European Language school were visitors can take short classes in all EU language, a European cinema where short country movies will be presented. Further, there will be three small stages in the European village where 10 different theatre, musical and performances groups from different countries will present pieces of the culture.
    The concert. The programme of the concert is specially designed to give a sense of the richness and diversity of pop-music in Ukraine and EU countries. The bands are: VV (Ukraine), Alyonna Vinnitskaya (Ukraine), Eleven (Netherlands), Camouflage (Germany), Brainstorm (Latvia) and Pareslov (Poland).
    The Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine thanks all participating EU Member States, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Kyiv City Administration and the Dnipropetrovsk City Council, the Lviv City Council, and all partners and sponsors for their enthusiasm and support in making Europe Day possible.
    A full programme of activities can be found at www.delukr.cec.eu.int. For further Information please contact Anje Schubert, Press and Information Officer, Tel: (044) 462 00 10
    Who is organizing Europe Day?
    Europe Day is organized by the Delegation of the European Commission in Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Kyiv City Administration, the Dnipropetrovsk City Council and the Lviv City Council.
    The technical Organizer of Europe Day is Euro RSCG New Europe.
    Who is financing and supporting Europe Day?
    Europe Day is supported financially by the Kyiv City Administration and European and Ukrainian business companies: Kyivstar GSM, Western Union, Nokia, Coca Cola, Sun Interbrew,.
    Europe day is also supported by: Austrian Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Avis, Group 4, Alter V, Stolichnye Novosti, Univest Print and the European Youth Parliament of Ukraine.
    Media Partners are: New Channel, Gala Radio, ICTV, STB, M1, Evropa FM, KP Publications and What’s On.
    Why celebrate Europe Day?
    May 9 is the birthday of the European Union. It was on this day in 1950 that the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of the European Steel and Coal Community as an instrument to enhance peace and stability on the continent.
    Today, the 9th of May (Europe Day) has become a symbol for citizens of the European Union. Together with the single currency (the euro), the flag and the anthem, Europe day identifies the EU as a political entity. But Europe Day is also an opportunity to have fun through activities and festivals that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of different member states closer to each other.
    Europe Day has become a symbol of peace and union. The first half of the 20th century saw Europe ravaged and divided by two world wars with Germany and France on opposing sides and a horrific loss of lives end economic devastation. The European Union is a direct result of these events and we take pride in the fact that the second half of the 20th century saw former enemies not only live peacefully together but also create an economic and political community, which to day has become a model for peaceful and successful regional integration.
    Why celebrated Europe day in Ukraine?
    Europe Day will give us a chance to come together and know each other as good neighbours. It will also give us a change to discover how much the European Union and its member states are already engaged in Ukraine and how our friendly relations are going to develop over the next years.
    This year we also celebrate Enlargement. Since May 1, with the accession of ten new member states, Ukraine has become a direct neighbour of the European Union.

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