Let’s celebrate Europe Day!
May 9 is celebrated as Europe Day in the European Union and around the world.
Today, 9th May, is Europe Day, a day that marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman Declaration’, a declaration that commemorates the day in 1950 when French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, presented in a famous speech his proposal to create an organization of European countries. This speech was considered as the foundation of what would become later the European Steel and Coal Community and then evolve into the European Union.
This day, also known as ‘Schuman Day’, aims to continue supporting the European Union and to teach citizens about the European integration and the benefits it can bring within such an organization in member states, and to people in the rest of the world.
Europe Day essentially celebrates the peace, solidarity and unity in Europe and underlines the need for a Europe of justice and democracy, in order to avoid serious errors and tragedies of the past and also to look further growing and achieving a peaceful and united future.
To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to the public each year. This year the so called ‘EU Open Day’ has been set on 6 May in Brussels, 13 and 14 May in Luxembourg and 14 May in Strasbourg.
A variety of activities for all ages, visits, debates, concerts and other events are organised in the EU offices in Europe and all over the world in order to mark the day and raise awareness about the EU.