On 26 July the CEI-Executive Secretariat took part in a roundtable organised in Udine within the Mittelfest – a renowned cultural festival in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, which confirms the special relations of this Region with neighbouring countries in geographical, historical and cultural terms.
The event was organised by the Cultural Association Mitteleuropa, a CEI long-standing partner who has taken on the task of organising, on a yearly basis, an important moment of institutional friendship on a specific theme of international significance. The intent is to offer a concrete contribution to confirm the special institutional, cultural and economic relations between the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region and Central-Eastern European countries.
This year, it has dedicated this special occasion to Hungary, especially considering that the beautiful city of Veszprém (Hungary) is the European Capital of Culture in 2023, as introduced by the Hungarian Minister for Regional Development, Tibor Navracsics.
During the gathering, various panels were held to discuss topics such as economic, business and cultural relations between the FVG Region and Hungary, projects and collaboration protocols between the regions. In this setting, CEI Deputy Secretary General, Zsuzsanna Kiraly, highlighted the importance of promoting European culture. She acknowledged the contributions of European artists and scientists, whose impact had inspired people across different European countries, and promoted the development of European culture and Europe from other continents.
Overall, the event served as a significant platform to deepen the bonds between the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and Hungary, while encouraging cultural exchange and cooperation between the two regions.