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EU “Open day” EULEX leaves its mark

By Eldita Tarani

Children at the EULEX stand during the EU Open Day in Brussels


On Saturday, 8th of May, various European institutions celebrated "EU Open Day" in Brussels. It was a chance for members of the public to learn more about the EU and its work. EULEX sent a team to the Belgian capital to take part.  

One of the most important events took place in the huge atrium of the EU Council building. All the EU CSDP (EU Common Security and Defense Policy) missions set up displays to welcome the public.

 The stand of the biggest civilian CSDP mission, the EULEX mission, displayed posters and messages to the thousands of visitors, illustrating the work of the mission and its achievements.

“It is quite overwhelming to be here and learn more about the effort that the EU has put in to support  my country's progress” said Agim, a Kosovar visitor living in Brussels.

Visitors were given various items like fact sheets, the “What is EULEX” brochure, and other EULEX promotional material such as pens and lanyards.

The President of European Council, Herman Van Roumpoy, personally visited the EULEX stand.

The hit of the day was an education/award opportunity - a EULEX quiz. Visitors were asked to answer a series of questions about EULEX. The winners received prizes such as a EULEX mug, lady’s scarf, baseball cap and  key ring.

“Our aim is for visitors not only to leave with a bag full of gifts but also with a better understanding about the mission” said Karin Limdal, Head of Press and Public Information Office.

Whilst in Brussels, the EULEX team also met Press Office colleagues from other international missions. The team gave a short presentation on EULEX visual identity and EU identity, which was welcomed and appreciated by other missions PPIO’s.

The High Representative’s spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic, thanked all the PPIO’s for coming to Brussels. She supported the idea of closer work and cooperation between the missions in the future.

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