Islamabad (Adnan Hameed): The European Union Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Riina Kionka, expressed her delight at the special event, EuroVillage, cherishing the people-to-people connections it offers. This year, the event was centered on the theme of co-creating a sustainable future, aptly titled “Stronger Together – Sustainable Forever.”

The event showcased the 60+ years strong connection between the EU and Pakistan, highlighting the collaborative partnership in development, trade and investment, culture, education, environment, and a wide array of other areas. The fifth edition of EuroVillage invited the residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to experience European sustainability and enjoy an afternoon of culture, music, and food.

The festival featured interactive information displays by the EU and Member States, offering games, quizzes, food, and various activities, providing visitors with an afternoon of learning, interaction, and entertainment. The event also featured live performances by Pakistani artists including Farhan Saeed and Quratulain Balouch.

As a symbol of this partnership, an EU-Pakistan Dosti truck was displayed at the event, blending the well-known Pakistani truck art with European symbols and designs. Euro Village was co-organised by the diplomatic missions of the European Union and of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Spain.

Dr. Kionka emphasized that Europe has the ambition to be the first climate-neutral continent and also wants to support its partners towards the green transition. She noted that Pakistan is one of the countries at the greatest risk from climate change, and the EU is working with Pakistan to help address challenges and create a sustainable future for all.

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