Inauguration

Opening Ceremony of the "Portuguese Semester"

Add to Calendar 2021-01-15 12:00:00 2021-01-15 13:00:00 Opening Ceremony of the "Portuguese Semester" The Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council has arrived and the invitation to celebrate it is open to all Our first event will be the traditional flag ceremony on January 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm. The ceremony will be online and will connect Ispra to many other colleagues and friends throughout the EU. Among the distinguished speakers are the Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, the Ambassador of the Portuguese Republic to Italy Pedro Nuno Bartolo, and the Director General of the JRC, Stephen Quest. The ceremony will be moderated by João Cruz, a stand-up comedian and researcher. The portuguese singer and composer Manuel Freire will perform to close the event. Freire is well-known for his interpretation of the poem Pedra Filosofal. Freire was very influential through his music, before and after Portugal’s 1974 Carnation revolution. His voice and Gedeao's words are still an inspiration to millions of Portuguese They neither know, nor dream, that dreams command life. That whenever a man dreams the world bounces, advances, as if it were a coloured ball held by the hands of a child. Webstream link https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/virtual-opening-ceremony-of-the-portuguese-semester Agenda 12:00-12:05 Welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Joao Cruz​ 12:05-12:15 Address by Stephen QUEST​, Director General Joint Research Centre​ Address by Georg PETER​, President of the German Semester Organising Committee, Address by Sandra CALDEIRA and Ricardo SOUSA​, Presidents of the  Portuguese Semester Organising Committee.​​ 12:15-12:25 Flag Ceremony​ German Anthem -  Lowering of the German Flag​ Portuguese Anthem -  Raising of the Portuguese Flag​ European Anthem​ 12:25-12:30 Address by Commissioner Elisa FERREIRA​, Commissioner, Cohesion and Reforms 12:30-12:35 Address by Embaixador Pedro Nuno BÁRTOLO, ​Portuguese Ambassador to Italy​ ​12:35-12:45 Pedra Filosofal by Manuel FREIRE ​ ​12:45 Unveiling of the symbol (Roundabout)​ 13:00 Closing of the Ceremony​ Webstreaming PT-Semester 2021 paulorosa.par@gmail.com Europe/Rome public
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The Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council has arrived and the invitation to celebrate it is open to all

Our first event will be the traditional flag ceremony on January 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm. The ceremony will be online and will connect Ispra to many other colleagues and friends throughout the EU.

Among the distinguished speakers are the Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, the Ambassador of the Portuguese Republic to Italy Pedro Nuno Bartolo, and the Director General of the JRC, Stephen Quest. The ceremony will be moderated by João Cruz, a stand-up comedian and researcher.

The portuguese singer and composer Manuel Freire will perform to close the event. Freire is well-known for his interpretation of the poem Pedra Filosofal. Freire was very influential through his music, before and after Portugal’s 1974 Carnation revolution. His voice and Gedeao's words are still an inspiration to millions of Portuguese

They neither know, nor dream, that dreams command life. That whenever a man dreams the world bounces, advances, as if it were a coloured ball held by the hands of a child.

Webstream link

https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/virtual-opening-ceremony-of-the-portuguese-semester

Agenda

12:00-12:05 Welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Joao Cruz

12:05-12:15

  • Address by Stephen QUEST​, Director General Joint Research Centre​
  • Address by Georg PETER​, President of the German Semester Organising Committee,
  • Address by Sandra CALDEIRA and Ricardo SOUSA​, Presidents of the  Portuguese Semester Organising Committee.​​

12:15-12:25 Flag Ceremony

  • German Anthem -  Lowering of the German Flag​
  • Portuguese Anthem -  Raising of the Portuguese Flag​
  • European Anthem

12:25-12:30 Address by Commissioner Elisa FERREIRA​, Commissioner, Cohesion and Reforms

12:30-12:35 Address by Embaixador Pedro Nuno BÁRTOLO, ​Portuguese Ambassador to Italy​

​12:35-12:45 Pedra Filosofal by Manuel FREIRE 

​12:45 Unveiling of the symbol (Roundabout)​

13:00 Closing of the Ceremony

Welcome to the Portuguese Semester 2021

The Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council has arrived and the invitation to celebrate it is open to all.

From 1 January 2021 Portugal takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. Portuguese colleagues at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra want to celebrate the presidency of the semester and propose a rich and varied programme to make their country's culture, science and traditions known over the next six months.

This website and the “Portuguese Semester” celebrations are organised by a group of volunteers at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) to promote and disseminate Portuguese culture, on the occasion of the 2021 Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). You can know more about it here: https://pt-semester.eu/about

The first event will be the traditional flag ceremony on January 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm. The ceremony will be online and will connect Ispra to many other colleagues and friends throughout the EU: https://pt-semester.eu/events/opening_ceremony