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Greater Europe international youth forum opens in Paris

July 27, 2015, 9:37 UTC+3 PARIS

The six-day event is devoted to the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and prospects of strengthening peace

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PARIS, July 27 /TASS/. The Greater Europe Meetings international youth forum is kicking off in Paris on Monday. The six-day event is devoted to the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and prospects of strengthening peace.

The Greater Europe Meetings will ceremoniously open at the Paris-based headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova is to address the delegates.

Prominent lawmakers, scientists and business persons; publishers and publicists will participate in the discussions along with students and professors of Europe’s leading universities and young experts in various spheres of knowledge.

"They will talk about modern security problems in Greater Europe and the role of civilian youth diplomacy in their solution," the forum’s organizers said.

A separate roundtable discussion will be devoted to creative economy, innovations and prospects of mutually beneficial business contacts in the European continent.

A youth string orchestra of Greater Europe, which unites young talented musicians from Russia, France, Germany and some other European countries will give concerts in Paris in the days of the forum. They will play Mozart’s and Tchaikovsky’s music at the UNESCO headquarters and will give another concert for the people of Paris at the Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois Church near Le Louvre.

Plenary discussions, colloquiums and creative evenings will take place in Paris until August 1. The first Greater Europe youth meeting was held in France in 2013 with an aim to create a new promising format for dialogue between Russian and European youth.

The French Senate (parliament’s upper chamber) and France’s leading oil and gas company Total are the forum’s organizers together with UNESCO.

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