Have you thought about what Europe means to you? To me Europe means an opportunity to experience freedom, explore new things like new people, cultures, languages, totally new and colorful world. To me it’s all about the chances and opportunities that come from Europe. Depending on Europe’s huge importance to me and to most of the people, the day of Europe is one of the most important celebrations.
Europe Day, held on 5 May by the Council of Europe and on 9 May by the European Union, is celebrating peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historic ‘Schuman declaration’. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, French Foreign Minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe that would make war between Europe’s nations unimaginable. He wanted to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
The celebration of 9 May is not just the celebration of the founding document of European integration but It also provides an opportunity to reflect on the current and real situation which changes daily. It celebrates the realities of life in a European Union based on the principles of the rule of law, a Union that possesses a democratic order founded on popular sovereignty and on values that are now accepted and shared by the vast majority of European people.
The European Parliament “formally recognized” Europe Day in October 2008. The EU institutions open their doors to the public every year in Brussels and Strasbourg, allowing citizens to visit the places where decisions impacting their day-to-day lives are made. To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions traditionally open their doors to the public in early May. Local EU offices in Europe and all over the world organize a variety of activities and events for all ages. Its aim is to bring Europe closer to its citizens.
Each year thousands of people take part in visits, debates, concerts and other activities to mark the day and raise awareness about the EU Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the EU is inviting citizens from across Europe and the world to discover it in a safe and mostly virtual way, with physical or hybrid events and visits taking place where sanitary conditions allow it.
If you live in a member country or are visiting one, this is the time to visit European Union institutions. EU institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg hold open days where they organize public outreach events. Other E.U. countries and cities hold festivals, concerts, and other events to raise awareness about the E.U.
I really have the great desire to visit these countries on this day and I hope at least next year will let us visit.