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In addition to Slovenia, nine other EU member states celebrate twenty years of EU membership: the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia. Therefore, several joint events are planned in the European capital to commemorate the anniversary of the largest EU enlargement.

A fortunate coincidence is that Belgium holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2024. The Belgian Presidency has initiated that the well-known Bright light festival, which takes place between 15th and 18th February 2024 in Brussels, includes into its program the light installations from the ten new member states of that time. As part of the festival, a European path has been created, which is also illuminated by the Slovenian artist Luka Savić.

As part of the celebration of Europe Day, on Saturday, 4th May 2024, the Council of the EU will open its doors, and visitors will be able to learn about the EU member states in the Justus Lipsius atrium. The ten countries that joined on 1st May 2004 will present themselves to visitors with their culinary specialties, games, and features of the countries.

We will also celebrate with the youth. During the official opening of the Slovenian section at the EU school in Brussels in autumn, wooden birdhouses will be distributed to students of the Slovenian language, with the task of colouring them and hanging them in the school park, thus helping to care for the birds. Slovenian secondary schools, where young people are educated as wood technicians, have been invited to make the birdhouses, so it will be the students who will make the birdhouses for the pupils of the European school.