Eugene Bavchar, a Slovenian Philosopher, Photographer and Fighter for the Rights of Blind People Became a Citizen of Europe

The Honorary Doctor of the University of Nova Gorica was granted title of the “Citizen of Europe”. The philosopher, photographer and fighter for the rights of blind people currently lives and works in Paris.

Brussel. The European Parliament has been awarding the title of the “Citizen of Europe” since 2008. It rewards those individuals, projects and initiatives, which encourage transnational cooperation and dialogue in the EU. The Euro-MP Lojze Peterle (NSi/EPP) under support of his deputies-colleagues Milan Zver (SDS/EPP), Tanja Fajon (SD/S&D), Ivo Vajgl (DeSUS/ALDE), Romana Tomc (SDS/EPP), Franc Bogovič (SLS/EPP) and Patricija Šulin (SDS/EPP) nominated Evgen Bavčar for this award.

The preamble to the nomination states that Bavčar “due to his unique and rich contribution to the arts and culture that exceeds the borders of Europe, not only unites Slovenia and France, but also helps those EU citizens who use the Braille type; he binds them in a highly symbolic way above the language barriers.”

“Besides Evgen Bavčar, 49 more persons, organizations and projects from other EU Member States will receive the honorary title of the “Citizen of Europe”. The awards presenting ceremony will take place in Brussels on 12 and 13 October 2016, and before that — in Slovenia,” the European Parliament reports.