Europe Day 2013 – 63nd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

Today, on 9 May 2012 Europe celebrates the 63nd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

Sixty-two years ago, on 9 May 1950, the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made the first move towards the creation of what we now know as the European Union. He read a declaration to the international press in Paris, calling on France, Germany and other European countries to pool their coal and steel production as “the first concrete foundation of a European federation”. It is remarkable that only five years after the end of the most dreadful conflict in Europe, the Second World War, he proposed the creation of a supranational European institution, to take charge of the coal and steel industry, the very sector which had made the war possible. The countries which he called upon had almost destroyed each other, and reconciliation was a brave thing to imagine at that time.

9 May became Europe Day in 1985, with many public manifestations in Member States to celebrate European achievements.

For the celebration of the Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to the public in early May in Brussels and Strasbourg. Local EU offices in Europe and all over the world organise a variety of activities and events for all ages.

As EU’s official site repoerts, each year thousands of people take part in visits, debates, concerts and other events to mark the day and raise awareness about the EU.

To learn what’s happening this year on Europe Day, click here.

9 May 2013