The European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 will be launched in Ljubljana on 8 January by the Commission President Jos Manuel Barroso and the Slovene Prime Minister Janez Jana. This will be preceded on 7 January by a conference, also in Ljubljana, entitled "Intercultural Dialogue as the Fundamental Value of the EU" in the presence of Commissioners Jn Figel' and Jnez Potočnik.

The events in Ljubljana kick off a multitude of activities across Europe, and throughout the year, which will emphasise interaction of cultures, deepening of relations between nationalities and religions, and promoting through dialogue a strengthening of understanding, tolerance, solidarity and a sense of common destiny among EU citizens from all walks of life.

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