Flame of Peace ceremony: - in presence of Jerzy BUZEK, EP President and Paul RÜBIG (EPP, AT)

Type: News   Reference: 81193   Duration: 00:05:00  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - EP
End production: 12/12/2011   First transmission: 12/12/2011
Flame of Peace ceremony: - in presence of Jerzy BUZEK, EP President and Paul RÜBIG (EPP, AT) President Buzek and MEP Paul RÜBIG (EPP, AT) welcomed the "Flame of Peace" to the EP at the start of the final plenary session of 2011 in Strasbourg. The flame is lit in Bethlehem, passed to Austria and a few days before Christmas spread throughout the EU as a message of peace and understanding between people the world over. The tradition began in 1986 and the flame has been carried to the EP for 15 years. President Buzek and MEP Paul RÜBIG (EPP, AT) both stressed the importance ok keeping Peace awareness in souls as crisis and fear could lead citizens to forget that Europe leaves in Peace since 66 years now. Since 15 years, European Parliament hosts the Flame of Peace before it is transfered by boat to enlighten the "Village du Partage" in Strasbourg. Now in its 26th year, the Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organised by the Austrian Broadcasting Company - ORF (Linz) - and was part of a large charitable relief mission - Light into Darkness, for children in need in Austria and abroad. Each year, a child from Upper Austria kindles a flame from the "Eternal Flame" from the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services throughout the Continent. Scouts and Guides can then take the light on to other churches, hospitals, old people homes, prisons, and places of public, cultural and political importance - to anybody that appreciates the significance of the "gift". In past years the light has been presented to Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, Mikhail Gorbatshow, the former King Hussain of Jordan, EU President Romano Prodi and other member of the European parliament in Strazbourg, the UN Troops in Kosovo and to Ground Zero, New York.

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00:00:00 TITLE : Flame of Peace ceremony: - in presence of Jerzy BUZEK, EP President and Paul RÜBIG (EPP, AT) 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament 00:00:05
00:00:10 Arrival of EP President Jerzy Buzek, shake-hands with public that came to light their candles at the Flame of Peace. Musical background : 5 SHOTS 00:00:33
00:00:43 SOUNDBITE (German) Paul Rübig (EPP, AT) English translation : - This year the Light of Peace is brought to us by Sandra, one of the best people of a reputated school for engineers. A girl who is doing that well in an engineer school, is a great thing, and I think that we need much more of such exemples. I think she shows us that there is great potential in Europe, so we can construct our future together, despite the debt crisis we have and despite the financial crisis. Young people can make an effort and if they do so, if they study, they can actually really achieve something for our society. 00:00:40
00:01:23 Ambiance shot with music and musicians : 4 SHOTS 00:00:21
00:01:44 SOUNDBITE (English) Jerzy Buzek, EP President : - We are thinking all the time about crisis, as you know, it's a difficult situation. Let us remember what is much more important than any troubles today in our continent : the most important is Peace. And we should never take Peace for granted. Because we should always take care about that, and think about solidarity, responsibility, about cooperation between our Nations, our States. So your Light is really something like "light in darkness", showing us there is something more important, so that we do not forget about it. 00:00:59
00:02:43 Applauses 00:00:08
00:02:51 EP president Jerzy Buzek and MEP Paul Rübig (EPP, AT) listening to the European Hymn. 00:00:11
00:03:02 EP President Jerzy Buzek passes the Flame of Peace to the European Parliament, then lightens MEP Paul Rübig candle : 7 SHOTS. 00:00:57
00:03:59 Flame of Peace being transferred on boat on Ill River and heading Strasbourg downtown to enlighten the city : 6 SHOTS 00:01:01
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