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EUROPE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN FIJI

  On May 9 the European Union (EU) will be celebrating Europe Day worldwide. On this day in 1950 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, one of the founding fathers of
07 May 2016 09:57
EUROPE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN FIJI
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On May 9 the European Union (EU) will be celebrating Europe Day worldwide. On this day in 1950 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, one of the founding fathers of the EU, made the famous ‘Schuman Declaration’, in which he called on the nations of Europe to unite and render war on our continent’s unthinkable problems. Robert Schuman’s appeal to overcome age-old divisions just five years after the Second World War laid the foundations of what has become the European Union. Sixty-six years later, Robert Schuman’s message of peace and unity is as relevant as ever.

To celebrate this very significant day in the European calendar, the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific is organising a number of activities and events in Fiji.

 

International Women’s Association Quiz

The International Women’s Association Quiz (IWA Quiz) hosted by the EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs and his wife  Hilary Jacobs on May 2 at their residence officially kick started the EU Day celebrations in Fiji this year.

Around 70 members of the association attended the event and participated in the fun, entertaining and rewarding quiz about European culture, music, language, geography and food.

 

Drawing Europe

On May 7, the delegation will host children between five and 10 years old to spend the morning at the Suva City Library drawing and painting various Europe-themed activities. They will also get a chance to watch exciting movies at the venue. Prizes will be awarded to the best drawings.

 

Official Europe Day Reception

The European Union Delegation for the Pacific will host a formal reception at St Joseph’s Secondary School Hall on May 10 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Invitees include the President of the Republic Fiji,  the Prime Minister,  the Speaker of the Parliament, the Chief Justice, ministers, members of Parliament, justices, senior officials, members of the diplomatic crop, representatives of international and regional organisations and of the civil society, media, development partners and representatives of the private sector.

 

EU Exhibition

A three-day exhibition by EU development co-operation implementing partners with pubic seminars by the EU, France and the UK, school visits, cooking demonstrations, and great prizes will be held at St Joseph’s Secondary School Hall from May 11 to 13.

Twenty-two (22) development partners will showcase the development support from the EU across Fiji and the Pacific.

More details of the EU Exhibition will be released on Tuesday, May 10.

 

EU Amazing Race

Like in previous years the European Union Delegation for the Pacific will host the popular EU Amazing Race for children between 12 and 15 years at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus on May 13 from 9am to 12pm.

Twelve teams of five will explore USP campus in a quest of 12 pit-stops. At each pit-stop they will be asked questions about Fiji the EU to gain hint for finding the next pit-stop.

Prizes will be awarded to the teams that finish first, second and third.

 

EU Lectures

The European Union Delegation for the Pacific is bringing in the Vice-Chancellor of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Dr Erhard Busek, to deliver a series of European Lectures in Fiji.

The first lecture will take place at the University of Fiji Lautoka Campus on May 16 while University of the South Pacific Laucala (USP) Campus and Fiji National University (FNU) will host the second and third lectures respectively on May 17.

More details of the lecture series will be released later.

EU Fun Run

The European Union Delegation for the Pacific will host the EU Fun Run in Suva on July 2.

More details on the Fun Run will be released later.

 

Social Media

The European Union in the Pacific Facebook and @EUPacific Twitter pages will be providing updates from the EU Day activities on a regular basis.

The official hashtags for Europe Day 2016 are #europeday and #EUPac.

Source: Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific.

 

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