Europe Day in Athens: climate change concert
End production: 09/05/2008 First transmission: 09/05/2008
In each EU Member State, European Commission Representations and EUROPE DIRECT Information Centres organised over 500 events to celebrate Europe Day on 9 May 2008. The main theme in 2008 was intercultural dialogue. Through the celebrations, thousands of people were able to explore the many faces of the EU.
In Athens, a concert was organised, anchored around climate change, one of the main European Commission's communication priorities. The "animateur" of the concert was Nikos Aliagas, Greek-French artist and goodwill ambassador for the EU, while an important number of international and Greek names sang along for the environment and climate change.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Views of Syntagma Square, and ambiance cutaways (7 shots)
||Nikos Aliagas (in GREEK) saying that everything they enjoy there that night will be transmitted all over the world; this date was not chosen just like that; on 9 may, the whole of Europe is celebrating
||Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, (in GREEK) welcoming everyone to this big Europe Fest; saying that 2008 is dedicated to climate change; climate change is probably the biggest problem of our planet; the European union is a leader in a global attempt to combat the rising of the planet temperature
||Dora Bakoyanni, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, (in GREEK) saying that the previous year, it was 50 years of Europa; Europe is 50 years old, Europe is mature; they adopted the proper laws and advanced; Europe brings people together and can bring everyone together, because they are strong
||Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Vice-President of the EP, (in GREEK) saying that she is happy that people are giving joy and hope; Europe deserves it and this is how Europe should be
||Ierotheos Papadopoulos, Head of the Representation of the EC in Greece, (in GREEK) saying that this is an evening that was organised 8 months ago and today has become a reality, on a special day for Europe; this is Europe's night; but Europe is worrying at the same time
||Concert: Musik Group C-Real (soloist Irimi Douka) (2 shots)