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Diplomatic World_nummer 56.

CIDIC THE EUROPEAN

CIDIC THE EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC, ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY & DIPLOMATIC WORLD PRESENTS: On the 15 February 2018, the Castle of Ophem was lit up for a CIDIC evening to celebrate the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The “Columns of Peace” by the German-Belgian artist, Ulrike Bolenz, symbolises the most fundamental of the core aims of the European Union — uniting and reconciling nations and people within Europe. Reminding us that our continent has been torn apart many times over the centuries by very destructive wars, particularly during two World Wars in the twentieth century, these Columns call 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, bringing together the members’ heads of state and government, plays a key role in assuring these goals. Thus, these Columns of Peace will be loaned to each country in turn as it assumes the sixmonthly rotating Presidency of the Council, starting with the Presidency of Bulgaria in January 2018. INTERLINKING POLITICS, DIPLOMACY, BUSINESS & FINANCE ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY, CULTURAL DIPLOMACY & HEALTH The artist placed beautiful images of joyful, laughing women at the core of her Columns, 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. 166 © Diplomatic world

H.E. Maya Dobreva, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria and Barbara Dietrich © Diplomatic world 167