Brussels, 27 July 2012
"2012 London Olympic games" – Statement by Androulla Vassiliou
Taking opportunity of the "2012 London Olympic Games" opening ceremony, Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, stated:
"It gives me great pleasure to see the Olympic and Paralympic Games back in Europe. We all have the opportunity to celebrate sporting excellence at its best, as well as the shared values that unite us: respect, fair play, solidarity and equality. I welcome also that women are for the first time competing in every sport. I will attend various competitions and the closing ceremony. The long days of preparation are over. Τhe real thing is about to begin. In sport as in life, taking part is everything. So I wish to everyone and especially to all our athletes to enjoy their participation in these wonderful games. Good luck to everyone!"