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A proposal to raise the European Union flag during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics

European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa called on Monday in a joint letter to raise the European Union's flag at sporting events such as the Olympics, which begins this week.

The two officials called for the flag of the European Union to be raised during the opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020 as a "symbol of peaceful coexistence, respect and solidarity", during the letter sent by Schinas and Jansa - whose country holds the rotating presidency of the union - to the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.

They also suggested that "the delegation of Slovenia, during the presentation ceremony of the participating delegations, raise the flag of the country and the European Union together," and considered that this would be "a special and historic gesture that contributes to promoting values ​​such as unity and peace through this event."

It is expected that the official ceremonies to present the delegations of the countries participating in the Olympics will begin on the 23rd of this month at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, with a limited public attendance due to the pandemic.