On 18 April, visiting the Dr. Petar Beron Secondary General Education School in the town of Straldzha the Provincial Administration - Yambol, in partnership with the Yambol District Information Point, was involved in the "Month of Europe" national initiative. This was the first one of the series of events in the territory of the Province of Yambol whereby the European Year of Citizens - 2013 is celebrated.
During the European Year of Citizens, the attention will be drawn by the rights all people in the European Union have as Union"s citizens. Every day all 500 million Europeans as well as the European economy as a whole benefit from these rights.
At the meeting conducted with 11 grade students, the Yambol District Information Point made a presentation, from which the young people found out that EU citizenship was not simply an hollow concept but а specific statute which a number of rights are stemming from.
Within the framework of this national initiative, several events are planned by the Provincial Administration-Yambol, which the Yambol DIP will take active part in. On 22 April, another meeting with the young people from the Stefan Karadzha Vocational School and the Sv. Kliment Ohridski Secondary School will take place in the town of Elhovo.
Along with the interesting and educational meetings with schoolchildren and students, the collection of children"s drawings is also running submitted for the competition where "Me and Europe" was the topic. The competition is open for schoolchildren from 1 to 4 grades of all Municipalities in the Province of Yambol. The works of the young creative artists must be of European subject matter; reflect the cultural diversity of the European Union and its population and the place of each one of us as EU citizens.
On 29 April, a competent hanging-committee will consider them and will select the best among them and the Children"s Painting Competition Winners Rewarding is planned to take place on 30 April.
The "Month of Europe" will be also celebrated in the Yambol region through other public acts with young people and concerts organised jointly by the Community Centres Association.
The initiative is being conducted as a continuance of the successfully organised at the end of 2012 "Europe - Bulgaria" Week whereby we celebrated the 5th anniversary since Bulgaria"s accession to the EU. The "Month of Europe" and the 2013 European Year of Citizens" celebration are outlined in the 2013 work programme of the Bulgarian Communication Strategy for Europe and their purpose is to familiarise the citizens of the country with their rights as EU citizens.