The European Union Delegation for the Pacific will host the EU Fun Run in Suva on July 2nd.

EUROPE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN FIJI

On 9 May the European Union (EU) will be celebrating Europe Day worldwide. On this day in 1950 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, one of the founding fathers of the EU, made the famous ’Schuman Declaration’, in which he called on the nations of Europe to unite and render war on our continent unthinkable. Robert Schuman’s appeal to overcome age-old divisions just five years after the Second World War laid the foundations of what has become the European Union. Sixty-six years later, Robert Schuman’s message of peace and unity is as relevant as ever.

To celebrate this very significant day in the European calendar, the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific is organising a number of activities and events in Fiji.

International Women’s Association Quiz

The International Women’s Association Quiz (IWA Quiz) hosted by the EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, His Excellency Andrew Jacobs and his wife Mrs Hilary Jacobs on May 2nd at their residence officially kick started the EU Day celebrations in Fiji this year. Around 70 members of the association attended the event and participated in the fun, entertaining and rewarding quiz about European culture, music, language, geography and food.

Drawing Europe

On 7th May, the Delegation will host children between 5 and 10 years old to spend the morning at the Suva Library drawing and painting various Europe-themed activities. They will also get a chance to watch exciting movies at the venue. Prizes will be awarded to the best drawings.

Official Europe Day Reception

The European Union Delegation for the Pacific will host a formal reception at Saint Joseph’s Secondary School Hall on May 10th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Invitees include the President of the Republic Fiji, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Chief Justice, ministers, members of Parliament, justices, senior officials, members of the diplomatic crop, representatives of international and regional organizations and of the civil society, media, development partners and representatives of the private sector.

EU Exhibition

A three day exhibition by EU development cooperation implementing partners with pubic seminars by the EU, France and the UK, school visits, cooking demonstrations, and great prizes will be held at Saint Joseph’s Secondary School Hall from 11-13 May. Twenty-two (22) development partners will showcase the development support from the EU across Fiji and the Pacific.

More details of the EU Exhibition will be released on Tuesday 10th May.

EU Amazing Race

Like in previous years the European Union Delegation for the Pacific will host the popular EU Amazing Race for children between 12 and 15 years at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus on 13 May from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Twelve teams of five will explore USP campus in a quest of twelve pit-stops. At each pit-stop they will be asked questions about Fiji the EU to gain hint for finding the next pit-stop. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that finish first, second and third.

EU Lectures

The European Union Delegation for the Pacific is bringing in the Vice Chancellor of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Dr Erhard Busek, to deliver a series of European Lectures in Fiji. The first lecture will take place at the University of Fiji Lautoka Campus on 16 May while University of the South Pacific Laucala (USP) Campus and Fiji National University (FNU) will host the second and third lectures respectively on the 17 May.

More details of the lecture series will be released later.

More details on the Fun Run will be released later.

Social Media

The European Union in the Pacific Facebook and @EUPacific Twitter pages will be providing updates from the EU Day activities on a regular basis. The official hashtags for Europe Day 2016 are #europeday and #EUPac.

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For further information or questions, contact the Delegation of the Pacific for the Pacific Press and Information Officer on email: Mohammed Nazeem.KASIM@eeas.europa.eu or call on (679) 3313 633

Published on 24/05/2016

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