During the opening ceremony of “EUrope talking” Living Library participants and citizens were addressed by Mr. Mihailo Grupković, the President of Vračar Municipality’s Assembly; Tamara Delić, Acting Assistant to the Minister of European integration in the Government of Republic of Serbia; Paul-Henri Presset, Head of the unit for Information, Communication and Media in EU’s Delegation to Serbia; Žarko Stepanović, Acting Director of the Office for cooperation with civil society of the Government of Serbia; Vladan Trljić, Deputy Director of The National Library of Serbia and Jelena Spasović, president of CSO Libero.
Over 300 young people from Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Belgium and Serbia who took part in this project, as well as numerous interested citizens, had the opportunity to rent for free a “book” on a topic of their interest, connected to the EU. By talking to the “book” they were able to address their own prejudice and gain information on the functioning of the European Union. For several years now, Serbia’s public discourse has consisted of a long list of prejudice, stereotypes, and misconceptions on the way the European Union works. .
The project EUrope Talking was co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.