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European Parliament invites to the House of European History.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani officially opened the House of European History (HEH) in Brussels on May 6, 2017, in a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony held in the presence of former EP president Dr HansGert Potterin, who is chair of the Board of Trustees at the Museum, and Professor Wlodzimierz Borodziej, who is chair of the HEH Academic Committee. The museum invites the public to visit.

Visitors to the modern six-storey House of European History can take an interactive tour in 24 languages, starting in antiquity and leading past the two great wars of the 20th century and the reconstruction process towards a united continent that followed.

The museum will continue to evolve with future events such as Brexit, the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the museum's content coordinator Andrea Mork explained.

"Depending on tomorrow's events, we are trying to update as much as possible. But as a museum, we need a certain distance to evaluate what is important," she said.

The museum, which cost 55.4 million Euros, plus 7 million Euros in annual expenses, was however criticized as a vanity project by some eurosceptic MEP's.

Mr Tajani said in the ceremony: "This house is about the things we have in common, the events we have lived through together. This is indeed not only the House of European History, it is also the Home of European identity and European memory."

Former EP President Hans-Gert P ttering, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the HEH said: "The House of European History is intended to help citizens to step into the future wisely and with confidence, a future which, from today's standpoint, looks likely to be troubled and full of threats. It is a house which, by showing us the dynamics of European history, enables us to better understand recent history, as well as the present."

Professor Wlodzimierz Borodziej, Chair of the HEH Academic Committee said: "Like the union, the work of the House of European History will never be complete. It will always remain a record of the time in which modified versions of the permanent exhibition and of the subsequent temporary exhibitions will be born. Last but not least, it will remain a record of the disputes about this, our tiny appendix of Asia, where we nest and which we have the right to be proud of."

The House of European History (HEH) aims to encourage citizens to reflect upon and debate about the history of Europe and of European integration. It wants to increase knowledge, arouse curiosity and, over time, become a place for the exchange of ideas, reflection and debate about Europe and its history, linking up people, institutions and networks dealing with European history. Visitors will be challenged to critically assess European history, its potential and its future.

Exhibits in the HEH permanent exhibition have been brought together from around 300 museums and collections from across Europe and beyond --please check the HEH website for more information about the exhibits and HEH partners.

"Interactions. Centuries of Commerce, Combat and Creation" is the House of European History's first temporary exhibition. It will run until 31 May 2018. It illuminates exemplary moments and revealing stories of encounters and exchanges in European history.

The Museum also offers educational programmes; events for local and visiting publics; publications and a range of online information.

House of European History web site: http://historiaeuropa.ep.eu/home

Caption: "Interactions. Centuries of Commerce, Combat and Creation" is the House of European History's first temporary exhibition.

Caption: Any questions about the House of European History?

Caption: The opening ceremony will commence soon!

Caption: The museum contains some precious items.

Caption: Friendly staff will take care of everyone.

Caption: The HEH garnered attention on the first day.
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Title Annotation:OUTLOOK
Author:Jegelevicius, Linas
Publication:The Baltic Times (Riga, Latvia)
Date:Jun 1, 2017
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