Pernilla Scott at the House of Sweden
ON SATURDAY, May 9 – Europe Day — the Washington embassies of EU countries and the Delegation of the European Commission were open for visitors during the day. This was the third annual Europe Day, and more than 70,000 members of the Washington community came out to tour the embassies.
THE VISITORS got a rare behind-the-scenes look and also had a unique opportunity to experience the countries’ cuisine, their music and their diverse cultures.
OFFICIALS ESTIMATED that about 3,000 people visited the House of Sweden, where the Swedish Embassy is located, during the six hours the embassy was open. Europe Day commemorates the occasion in 1950 when French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman first proposed the concept that evolved into today’s European Union.
SWEDEN WILL hold the European Union Presidency from July 1 to December 31 this year, and during that six month period, Sweden will focus on six priority areas – Climate Change, Environment and Energy; Employment, Growth and Competitiveness; A Safer and more Open Europe; A Baltic Sea Strategy; EU as a Global Partner; and Continuation of the Enlargement of the European Union. Sweden will also during its presidency organize and chair all EU meetings at the government level and is expected to chair an additional 3,000 meetings, seminars and conferences. Most of these events will be held in Brussels and Luxembourg. Additionally the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C., will initiate and coordinate EU-related meetings with the other EU Embassies in the American capital.
Emila welcomes visitors to the House of Sweden
Ann-Marie Brisbois and G?ran Gillinger