Staff Reporter
THE European Parliament in Brussels is spearheading an information campaign across Spain which aims to encourage participation in the 13 June European elections. The public relations exercise running from this week until 28 May, will include itinerant exhibitions being set up in all regions of the country, and the launching of publicity stunt air balloons. Parliamentary sources confirmed that the aim of the latter is to allow, fundamentally television and Press media, but also ordinary people, to soar upwards in the balloon and “get a bird's eye view” of, and film, the town where they live. European deputies, both national and regional, will also take part in the information sessions organised by the European Parliament. Depending on the number of, and response from, the inhabitants of each region, the exhibition will remain between 4 & 8 days in every capital. Around 7 May, one of the balloons will be in Barcelona for the start of the Universal Culture Forum, and another in Madrid in order to commemorate the 1 & 2 of May, the enlargement of the European Union and European Day (9 May). The European parliament's “roadshow” will be in Valencia until 11 April, from day 12 to 15 in Murcia, from 16 to 25 in Andalucia, days 26 & 27 in Ceuta and Melilla (in North Africa), from 29 April to 5 May in Castilla-La Mancha, and from 7 to 11 May in Extremadura. From 14 to 18 May, the balloon will make its journey to the Balearic Islands, from 20 to 25 to the Canaries, and from 28 May to 13 June it will be in Madrid (El Retiro Park). Also on the agenda are: Castilla y León (5 to 12 April); Asturias (13 to 16 April); Galicia (17 to 24 April); Cantabria (26 to 28 April); the Basque Country (30 April to 6 May); Catalonia (7 to 16 May); Aragón (17 to 20 May); Navarra (21 to 24 May) and La Rioja (25 to 28 May). Two exhibitions inaugurated yesterday in the Science Museum in Valladolid on the Peninsula to explain to the “man in the street” what the effects will be of 10 new member States joining the European Union in June and what has been achieved during the term of office of the outgoing Parliament.

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