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Sarajevo 2014


The European Parliament has called on the EU to award the title of European Capital of Culture exceptionally to Sarajevo in 2014

In May the European parliament adopted a resolution, which calls upon the Council and the Commission to award the title of European Capital of Culture, exceptionally, to Sarajevo in 2014 when we will commemorate one hundred years since the terrible events in Sarajevo that plunged Europe in the Great Wars of the 20th century.

Back in 1914 the founding fathers of European unity — Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet, were in their late twenties, while Paul Henri Spaak was just 15. He would later spend 2 years in a prison camp during the “war to end all wars”… Their common dream of a united Europe, founded on shared values and interdependence, can easily be traced back to that summer day in Sarajevo. The European Union’s commitment to the Western Balkans today stems from our shared historic responsibility to make war impossible in the Balkans.

I believe that it is in Sarajevo in the summer of 2014 that Europe should demonstrate that a new European century has arrived. This is why I have written to all EU Foreign Ministers and the European Commission to support the idea of awarding the title of a European Capital of Culture, exceptionally, also to Sarajevo in 2014.

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