Active European citizenship: the Commission awards the 2007 Golden Stars, with the participation of Ján Figel'
End production: 08/11/2007 First transmission: 08/11/2007
Ján Figel’, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, participated in Brussels in the Golden Stars Award Ceremony "Activite Citizenship in practice", aimed at enhancing citizen participation in the construction of Europe. The ceremony presented ten exemplary projects from civil society organisations and town twinning initiatives, selected by an external jury. The awards were handed out by the Commissioner. Examples of projects that received the Golden Star award 2007 are an information campaign targeting the three main immigrant populations of Greece, Albanians, Bulgarians and Russians, in Greece; an interactive education project involving youth and pupils in Sweden and three Baltic countries, in Sweden; and an interfaith-conference aimed at overcoming prejudices between people of different cultures, religions and convictions, in Belgium.
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||Exterior view of the Charlemagne building
||Ján Figel', Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, (in ENGLISH) saying that they celebrate outstanding exceptional projects initiated by municipalities or civil society organisations;
they also celebrate the inter-cultural Europe of tomorrow, a Europe that is not afraid to meet together in diversity and try to build unity; the best narrative for Europe in the 21st century is "diversity in unity", diversity recognised, respected, understood as a richness, but also unity based on common values
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||Golden Stars Awards (3 shots)
||Extracts from the Ceremony (8 shots)
||Group photo (3 shots)
||Ján Figel' (in ENGLISH) saying that the Union cannot be seen only as a market or a space for business; it must be a citizen-friendly Union; and for citizens, there must be conditions for participation, for people to people, communication and exchanges; therefore he is very happy that they have this instrument; they want to use it fully for the sake of understanding and inter-cultural dialogue
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