Did you know that the Agency has been present at Europe Day public events in Tallinn every year since 2014 and that this year will be our 7th consecutive time? We have also had info-stands at Open Doors days in Brussels and Strasbourg each year that the theme of the event has been relevant to eu-LISA. Europe Day is always a good occasion to promote the Agency beyond our immediate stakeholders and audience.
Over the years, we have disseminated thousands of eu-LISA leaflets, gadgets & give-aways and an empty stand with nothing left to give is guaranteed at the end of the day's games and activities.
The Agency has engaged countless citizens, with over 10,000 estimated visitors at the Agency's stand on Vabaduse square in Tallinn each year, all busy collecting the eu-LISA mandatory stamp in the Passport game, or taking part in our popular quiz to win special prizes.
eu-LISA also contributes and takes part each year in the EU Institutions´ joint social media campaigns for Europe Day, relaying key messages on our website and social media accounts.
The "United in diversity" Facebook 2018 post, for example, collected over 4.200 likes, 2.800 shares, and almost 1000 people commented on why they were proud to be European. These are numbers and actions we are proud to be a part of.
In 2020, despite the ongoing pandemic, we will have a very special role in the digital "My Europe" game organised and prepared by our colleagues at the Estonian European Commission Representation. The online game, playable at www.euroopapaev.ee, includes a photo question about eu-LISA, aimed at increasing public awareness of the Agency's headquarters being in Tallinn, Estonia
eu-LISA was also going to participate at the Open Doors day in Brussels, in the special Schengen stand and related activities with DG HOME. We were particularly looking forward to this event given that 2020 marks the 35th anniversary of the Schengen Agreement! Unfortunately, the event has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, but we will still support the related online activities, led by the EU Institutions. Keep an eye on our social media channels and follow the #EuropeDay / #EUAgencies/ #UnitedAgainstCoronavirus hashtags.