The opening ceremony of the seventy first academic year of the College of Europe took place in the Concert Hall (‘t Zand, Bruges) on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 at 19:30.
Student musicians Ms Michalina KOWALA (violin) and Mr Thomas MAINGUY-SOURDIN (piano) played "One Moment in Time" - Whitney Houston.
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Mr Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the Administrative Council of the College of Europe, presided over the ceremony:
Mr Dirk DE FAUW, Mayor of the city of Bruges, gave a welcome word.
Film about our Patron Mário Soares prepared by the Mário Soares Foundation:
Mrs Federica MOGHERINI, Rector of the College of Europe, presents "The College of Europe in 2020-2021" and recalled Mario Soares, Patron of the Promotion 2020-2021:
Ms Ewa OSNIECKA-TAMECKA, Vice-Rector of the College of Europe, conveyed from Natolin her greetings to the Bruges students of the Mário Soares Promotion:
Mr Marcelo REBELO DE SOUSA, President of Portugal, delivered the opening address:
Mr António GUTERRES, Secretary General of the United Nations, delivered a video message:
Ms Sophia SEEBER, Student Representative of the Mário Soares Promotion delivered a short message on behalf of the College of Europe students:
Rector Federica MOGHERINI formally opens the academic year 2020-2021:
- Speech by Rector Federica MOGHERINI
- Speech by Vice-Rector Ewa OŚNIECKA-TAMECKA
- Speech by President of the Administrative Council Herman VAN ROMPUY
- Speech by Secretary-General of the United Nations António GUTERESS
- Speech by Mr Marcelo REBELO DE SOUSA, President of Portugal