2021 Europe Festival opens at Huashan Creative Park

05/08/2021 04:48 PM
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CNA photo May 8, 2021
CNA photo May 8, 2021

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) The 2021 Europe Festival opened on Saturday to celebrate Europe Day and give people a taste of the continent without having to travel abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two-day fair, themed "The EU Connects," was organized by the European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan (EETO) and is being held on the swathe of grass on the northern side of Huashan Creative Park in Taipei.

This year's edition features more than 50 stalls that will showcase European brands, products, foods, cuisines, and cultural activities, after having been suspended the past two years.

EETO chief Filip Grzegorzewski, representatives of 15 EU member states in Taiwan, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), and Tom Chou (周台竹), commissioner of the Taipei City Mayor's Office for External Affairs, were among the guests at the festival's opening.

"I believe this pandemic has shown us how deeply connected we are with each other," Grzegorzewski said.

"The EU and Taiwan may seem far from each other geographically, but we are connected through the common values we share as like-minded partners, such as democracy, human rights, and the rule of law," he said.

Wu described current Taiwan-EU relations as having "never been stronger."

He thanked the European countries for voicing support for Taiwan's wish to participate in international organizations, citing the French Senate's adoption of a resolution and the G7 countries' issuance of a communique recently on that issue.

EETO chief Filip Grzegorzewski (center, in blue shirt) and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (center left). CNA photo May 8, 2021
EETO chief Filip Grzegorzewski (center, in blue shirt) and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (center left). CNA photo May 8, 2021

The event marks Europe Day on May 9, the European Union's birthday, according to the EETO's website.

"On May 9, 1950, (then-French foreign minister) Robert Schuman proposed a European peace project to end all wars on the European continent. The plan then gave birth to the European Union as we know it today," the EETO said.

May 9 "is thus commemorated as 'Europe Day,' and a day to highlight Europe's unity and diversity," it said.

(By Chung Yu-chen and Emerson Lim)

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