This year the most beautiful EUROPA stamps issued are based on the theme “National Birds”. European postal operators are showcasing these magnificent creatures on stamps to help promote their role in society and contribution to the environment. It is also the first time ever in the history of EUROPA stamps, a group of designated postal operators agree to let technology meet print through the Innovative EUROPA BirdProject.
The EUROPA BirdProject consists of a compilation of visual, text and audio library of each participating stamp placed on a special platform, which can now be accessed via the CEE App. Stamp collectors can simply download the app to their smart devices and scan the image of the stamp from participating countries and listen to the beautiful and distinct humming of the bird depicted on the design in a loop. Moreover, collectors will also have access to specific information's related to each participating stamp at their fingertips and they will also be able to access the Postal Operator's online store and order the stamps directly there.
Here is the list of postal administration participating countries in the BirdProject:
- Belgium - bpost
- Bosnia Herzegovina - Hrvatska pošta Mostar
- Croatia - Hrvatska pošta
- Faroe Islands - P/F Postverk Føroya
- Germany – Deutsche Post DHL
- Gibraltar - Royal Gibraltar Post Office
- Greece – Hellenic Post S.A. - ELTA
- Greenland - Post Greenland
- Guernsey – Guernsey Post
- Ireland – An Post
- Iceland - ĺslandspóstur hf
- Isle of Man – Isle of Man Post Office
- Jersey – Jersey Post
- Luxemburg – Post Luxembourg
- Netherlands – PostNL
- Norway – Posten Norge AS
- Portugal – CTT Portugal Post
- Slovenia - Pošta Slovenije, d.o.o.
- Spain - Correos y Telégrafos S.A.
- Switzerland – Swiss Post
You may find all the visuals of the stamps on our EUROPA Competition page, in case you want to try the App: www.posteurop.org/europa2019
"In addition to this year's EUROPA Stamps issue, some stamps will be brought to life, via a smartphone App technology. This mobile app allows us to get closer to the beautiful creature on the stamp and to listen to its unique sounds, which can take us into the world of nature any single moment. Given this, we also wish that EUROPA will be able to help with promotion of European Ornithology, which reflects the magnificent biodiversity that we have throughout Europe" said Agnieszka Trząskowska, Chair of the PostEurop Stamps & Philately Working Group.
"We are really happy to see our technology being implemented to deliver an unifying experience throughout Europe. Having worked with mostly major brands such as Coca Cola, Mazda, Unilever to name a few, we are enthusiastic to add the postal companies to the list of innovators." said Petrit Kabashi, from the CEE Platform.
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View and Vote for Your Favourite EUROPA Stamp Today
We invite you to view all the beautiful entries and vote for your favourite stamp on www.posteurop.org/europa2019. The online competition will end on 9 September 2019 and the winning stamps will be announced at the PostEurop Plenary Assembly to be held on October 2019 in Jersey.
More about EUROPA Stamps
Since 1956, EUROPA stamps have been a symbol of Europe’s desire for closer integration and co-operation. These special stamps are issued by the European postal administrations/enterprises and bears the EUROPA logo, a PostEurop registered trademark. Since 1993, PostEurop has been the responsible organisation for issuing EUROPA stamps and each year, philately experts within the Philately working group organise the competition amongst other philately initiatives. See more information on www.posteurop.org/europa
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