Ambassador and Head of the European Union (EU) delegation in UAE, Patrizio Fondi, held a ceremony to celebrate the Europe Day few days ago in Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.
The celebration was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Ministry of Culture and knowledge development. Along with number of national figures such as Aziz Abdullah Al Zaabi; Second Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council, Dr. Saeed Abdullah Al Mutawa and Aza Suliman Bin Suliman; members at the Council. Number of officials and heads of Arab and foreign diplomatic missions also were there.
The celebration included an opera recital by the Iowna Socha (soprano) and Johanna Steczek (piano).
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, in a speech on this occasion, said that the UAE is a land of peace and religious tolerance where everyone lives in harmony and unity. Despite the difference in religions and beliefs in UAE, the state established a policy of tolerance, moderation and respect for others’ values.
For his part, Fundy clarified in his speech that the UAE is a strategic partner of the European Union, in which the two-way trade volume rose by 15.3% in 2015, to reach about 60 billion euros, which is about 11.5% of the foreign trade volume of the State.
For the remark, The Europe Day is an annual celebration that is held by the European Union (EU) during the month of May, and it is held to raise awareness about the Union ,the development of European integration, defense of human rights, parliamentary democracy and rule of law.