The opening ceremony of the sixty-fourth academic year of the College of Europe, Bruges campus, took place in the Concert Hall ('t Zand, Bruges) on Tuesday 5 November 2013 at 7 p.m.
Mr Iñigo MENDEZ DE VIGO, President of the Administrative Council of the College of Europe and Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union, delivered the opening address to the students of the Voltaire Promotion, professors, staff and invited guests of the College of Europe.
He replaced Mr Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament, who had to cancel at short notice.
Rector Jörg MONAR recalled Voltaire, Patron of the Promotion 2013-2014.
The College of Europe offered a reception after the opening ceremony.