Speech by Barbara Dietrich, CEO of Diplomatic World, on occasion of the handover of the Column of Peace to the Portuguese Embassy

Speech by Barbara Dietrich, CEO of Diplomatic World, on occasion of the handover of the Column of Peace to the Portuguese Embassy

 

Your Excellency Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal to the EU,

Your Excellency Rui Manuppella Tereno, Ambassador of Portugal to Belgium,

Dr Bruno Joos de ter Beerst, Honorary Consul of Portugal in Gent,

 

Today, Diplomatic World has the pleasure of transferring the Column of Peace from the German to the Portuguese Embassy, on occasion of Portugal’s ongoing presidency of the Council of the EU.

This Column of Peace has been displayed in the respective embassies of the EU Member States as they assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council, starting with Bulgaria’s Presidency during the first half of 2018.

Portugal’s Presidency comes at a crucial time for the EU. In the challenging circumstances that we are living through, allow me to express our appreciation for the good work of the Portuguese presidency and its efforts to deliver an inclusive, sustainable, green and digital recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impacts.

Returning to the Column of Peace by the German-Belgian artists Ulrike Bolenz, it aims to capture the fundamental aims of the European Union– uniting and reconciling nations and peoples within Europe. Reminding us that our continent has been torn apart many times over time by destructive wars, the Column of Peace calls for the preservation of peace, individual freedoms and shared values, and respect for cultural diversity, alongside efforts to promote economic growth, employment and a better quality of life for all Europeans.

The Council of the European Union, which Portugal currently presides, brings together the heads of state of EU Member States in working towards these goals that the Colum of Peace tries to capture.

To this end, the artist placed beautiful images of joyful, laughing women at the core of the Column, because mothers embody love for their children, while teaching them kindness, moral values and courage.  In essence, Ulrika Bolenz is telling us that women – as mothers – are to be treasured for bringing each child to appreciate the joys of life and the precious values of harmony, peace and cooperation among nations, peoples, cultures and religions.

I conclude by wishing Portugal every success both during its presidency and beyond,

Thank you,