At the official launch, Commissioner Vassiliou explained that this year's European Opera Days (7-8 May) would focus on young people and recalled how she had become hooked on opera in her student days.
During the European Opera Days, opera houses throughout Europe will stage special events aimed at attracting children and families to opera. More than 100 opera houses in 23 countries will participate in total.
Androulla Vassiliou congratulates Palme d'Or winner Terence Malick, for his film "The Tree of life" and the major success of EU-backed films at Cannes.
Several MEDIA-supported films were among the winners.
Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou took part in a debate with around 200 young people in the Belgian city of Antwerp on the priorities of the Youth on the Move strategy. The focus was on the quality of higher education, the promotion of learning mobility, and how to help young people to develop their employability and entrepreneurship skills.
An estimated 20 000 people visited the Youth on the Move tent set up on Florence's Piazza della Signoria for the Festival dell'Europa on 6-10 May 2011. The varied programme, highlighting projects financed through the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action EU programmes, attracted a mixed crowd of interested young people, tourists and passers-by.