Prior to the official opening of the event in Old Town Park (Park Staromiejski), the House of Europe hosted the European Breakfast. Among the invited guests were representatives of local authorities, consuls, institutions, heads of universities, representatives of churches and religious associations and even the ambassador of Croatia to Poland who came from Warsaw to celebrate with us. During the breakfast Natalia Szczucka, Head of Regional Representation of the European Commission in Poland, presented the results of the EY Citizenship Report and the European Commission's initiative to strengthen the rights of EU citizens. During the presentation she introduced the 12 new key actions aimed to improved EU citizens' lives. The gathered guests had the opportunity to share their thoughts on European issues, amongst which citizens rights played a major role.
During the opening ceremony in Old Town Park the gathered public was encouraged to visit the stand of the 'European Citizens Village'. The 'European Citizens Village' was created especially for the occasion of Europe's Day's celebrations. Everyone who paid a visit to this village could discuss the Citizens issues, find out more about Citizens rights and receive different publications. The Head of Regional Representation of the European Commission during her speech at the opening ceremony reminded the public that 2013 was established by the Commission, the European Year of Citizens.
'European Citizens Village' was visited by hundreds of citizens, numerous publications were distributed and plenty of questions related to Citizens rights were answered. The public was eager to learn more about their rights as Europeans, mainly aspects such as: working within EU, travelling and free education.
The elements of consumer protection education as well as entrepreneurship education were also present in the 'Tale of Entrepreneurial Johnny and his silly brothers' staged on the summer stage in the Park.
Natalia Szczucka was referring to EU Citizenship report, while being interviewed by TV, radio and press.
Media and press was keen to find out more about the report. Local media reported on the Europe Day celebrations stressing the civil rights issue:
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