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EU Pavilion opens its door

05-01-2010 15:17 BJT Special Report: Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Crowds thronged the Belgian-European Union joint pavilion as it opened its doors to the first batch of visitors on Saturday. The European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso attended a brief ribbon cutting ceremony and inaugurated its opening.

Jose Manuel Barroso, EU Commission President,said, "It is the first time for the European Union to take part in a World Expo outside Union's territory. I took this decision because of the importance I attach to the strategic partnership between the European Union and China."
The EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was also in attendance, together with a group of EU officials. The theme of the European exhibition is "Intelligent Europe". The pavilion was built to mimic the structure of a brain cell, highlighting the role of Belgium as a centre of European culture and traditions.

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