President Sassoli congratulated the Slovenian Presidency on this flagship initiative which, according to him, places culture at the heart of the European project, representing a link between the past, the present and the future. “Literature, culture and the arts nourish our sense of common European belonging. Not only do they contribute to the social cohesion of our societies, our democracies and our economies, but they also reflect our diversity, our European values and history, our way of life ”, he added of the objectives. which he was very happy to see shared and promoted by the Slovenian Presidency.
Europe Readr invites readers around the world to assess the past, reflect and discuss the present, as well as envision the future in which they want to live. , in our view, encompass our common EU values ”, underlined Minister Logar, adding that Europe Readr provides free access to 27 literary works from all EU Member States in 24 official languages during the Presidency .
“This is the first time that EUNIC members are joining global action with the EU Council Presidency and EU institutions,” said Director Gitte Zschoch. “Europe Readr creates new public spaces for exchange and debate on shared European and global values. It also contributes to the New European Bauhaus by linking creativity with sustainability and social inclusion – in Europe and beyond.
The artistic installation that will adorn the Citizens’ Garden from July 14 to the end of September 2021 is made from the wood of twelve different native Slovenian trees, thus symbolizing the twelve partners of Europe Readr of the EUNIC network. The installation conveys a message of coexistence and acceptance of the cultural diversity of the European Union. Its inauguration was followed by a literary event entitled “Writers on the Future of Living” with the participation of authors Axel Lindén from Sweden, Marlen Schachinger from Austria and Jorge Carrión from Spain. It was moderated by Julio Baquero-Cruz.
The Europe Readr digital platform has been available since July 1, 2021.
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