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Federal Ministries and the Federal Press Office shine for Europe 2020

The German Presidency of the Council of the European Union – Together for Europe’s recovery.

Federal Ministry of Health

The Federal Ministry of Health will participate in World Patient Safety Day at Berlin’s Television Tower: On 17 September, the TV tower will light up the night sky in orange. This will be a contribution of the German Federal Government to WHO’s worldwide Patient Safety Initiative. In addition, hundreds of events will take place across Germany.

This year’s WHO motto is: “Speak up for health worker safety”. The orange-lit television tower thus also signifies a special thank you to those working in healthcare every single day. Their daily dedication is instrumental in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany.  We can all assist our healthcare professionals in their work by effectively protecting ourselves and others. The best way to do this is with the DHM formula: Distance + Hygiene + Community Mask. The DHM formula allows every one of us to help keep the healthcare system safe, both for patients and for health personnel.

Federal Foreign Office

A Europe of many faces – Faces of Europe as video-show on the walls of the Federal Foreign Office

Humanity, emotionality, and the visionary power of the European idea –this is what the foto-artist Carsten Sander searched for and found on his journey through the 27 EU member states, from Dublin to Bilbao, from Riga to Athens. The fotografer was met with a panorama of European experiences and shared values everywhere he went.

The cultural programme of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union aims to strengthen the European idea and the European public sphere. Alongside Olafur Eliasson’s interactive artwork Earth Speakr, a co-production with Europe’s youngest citizens, the photo series “Faces of Europe” is also part of the Europe-wide, participatory cultural programme.

The foto-project takes the human side of Europe in its focus, looking for distinguishing and connecting elements. The artist pictures celebrities, politicians, athletes, random people he meets on the streets, old and young, people with diverse social and ethnical backgrounds – all on equal terms, side by side. This makes the opus a stunning demonstration of European sentiment and an expression of peaceful co-existance, tolerance and shared values – perfectly reflecting the motto of the Germany’s Council Presidency.

Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure

Videoshow

During the Festival of Lights, the historic facade of the Federal Ministry of Transport will be illuminated to show paths we take in life. Our motto is : Mobility connects – on the water, in the air, on the ground, in a reunited Germany, in Europe, all over the world.

Press and Information Office of the Federal Government

Council Presidency, Reunification and Press Freedom

These three themes are reflected in the light projections of the Federal Press Office – directly on the Spree, near Friedrichstraße station.

The logo of the German Council Presidency is a Möbius ribbon: whoever starts from different starting points on this geometric figure will always meet on the same side. The logo thus symbolizes how the European Union with 27 Member States and diverse interests creates cohesion, common positions and joint action.

The German flag as heart symbolizes the citizens’ love for their country, for which they fought 30 years ago – peacefully. The open contours and color dots stand for the openness of the Federal Republic as it presents itself today.

And the light projections are also about freedom of the press. Freedom of the press, which is threatened in many places around the world, is a firm pillar of democracy for Germany and Europe. This also and especially applies in times of crisis. It is protected by Article 5 of the Basic Law (German Constitution) and Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Building the future together is one of our central goals at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. That is why we are participating in the Festival of Lights.

Through our work, we want to help build a world without hunger and poverty, a world with strong health systems – not just for fighting COVID-19 – and a strong Europe, united by shared values. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs, guide us on our way. The SDGs are also at the heart of this year’s illumination, designed by Leon Löwentraut. He has been chosen as the only artist worldwide to give his interpretation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

The Festival of Lights will feature his works on SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). COVID-19 is affecting the entire world. Global solidarity and cooperation are more important now than ever. Because we will either beat this virus worldwide or not at all. The pandemic shows us that we must tackle global challenges together – by joining forces in Europe and around the world.

Federal Ministry of Finance

The BMF shines for Europe when the finance ministers of the European Union meet in Berlin for the informal meeting of the ECOFIN Council as part of the German EU Presidency. 75 years after the end of the Second World War and 30 years after German reunification, the message of the light artwork on the facade of the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus is clear: Europe is a strong community of values. A far-reaching result of European integration is at the heart of the BMF light installation: the Euro. A colourful work of art made of euro coins tells stories from different European countries, which on the one hand show the diversity of Europe and on the other symbolise the unity of Europe: for around 340 million people, the euro is today legal tender. This fits this year’s festival motto: Together we shine!

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