Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, held talks with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, HHH Bartholomeos, during a visit to Istanbul on 10 June.
Six Grand Prizes were presented last night by European Union Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou to projects and people who have excelled in heritage care in Europe. The ceremony for the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards was staged in the Aya Irini (Topkapi Palace) in Istanbul as part of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture. The winners are outstanding examples of heritage protection and care in Europe. They were selected from 29 winners of the European prize and received a monetary reward of € 10,000 each.
The EU's new role in the field of sport was the focus of talks between Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, President of International Equestrian Federation (FEI), at a meeting in Brussels on 14 June.
The World Cup will provide a "unique opportunity" to communicate that violence, racism and discrimination have no place in football and no place in today's world, says Commissioner Vassiliou in a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter today.
Speaking in her capacity as European Commissioner responsible for sport, Androulla Vassiliou has paid tribute to Spain's Rafael Nadal, following his straight sets victory in the French Open at Roland Garros.
In an interview with ARTE TV's blog, Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou talks about the role gender plays in her work as a Commissioner, about the discrimination she faced as a young lawyer, and what needs to change to ensure more women break through the 'glass ceiling'.
Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou is backing an international declaration calling for more awareness-raising in schools and universities about the importance of language learning and career opportunities for interpreters, translators and other skilled language professionals.