The opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place on 25 June at the Panathinaikon Stadium in Athens in the presence of Karolos Papoulias, President of the Hellenic Republic, Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Timothy P. Shriver, the chairman of the Special Olympics. The 2011 Special Olympics will gather more than 7,500 athletes from over 180 countries, competing in a total of 22 sports.
Androulla Vassiliou's statement on Euronews about "youth mobility in Europe"
"Our goal is to give the opportunity to as many young people as possible to be mobile, that is to study, train or volunteer abroad. And the reason for doing that is because we believe that through mobility the young people can increase their personal development and of course, they increase their chances of finding work. For the time being we’re supporting about 500.000 young people to be mobile, either to study abroad or to train abroad, or even to volunteer in some foreign countries."