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Europe Day virtual celebrations

Europe Day is held every 9 May to mark the anniversary of the speech by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman that led to the foundation of the European Union.

As we mark Europe Day, we remember how Europeans made history in 1950 and pay tribute to those who are making history today. In the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, 9 May 2020 represents an important opportunity to celebrate unity and solidarity in Europe.

In accordance with the tradiation the European Parliament organises events for visitors at its premises. As this is not possible due to the pandemic this year, Parliament and the other institutions have created a digital open day, bringing people together in this time of crisis by highlighting the sense of solidarity and emphasising what the EU is doing to help.

Among the highlights, Parliament President David Sassoli is scheduled to take part in a live debate on Saturday morning, with interpretation into various languages.

Other events include a Facebook live with Parliament Vice-Presidents Othmar Karas and Katarina Barley, video messages from the leaders of the political groups, a virtual visit to the plenary chamber in Brussels and a panel discussion on Schuman and his vision for Europe. The virtual visitor can also enjoy an online exhibition, featuring items from the Parliament’s archives.

Seventy years after the Schuman declaration, Europe is facing a crisis that makes EU solidarity more important than ever.

CoE – EU “great deal in common”

“This Europe Day, we are all thinking about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout our continent and around the world.

Every individual has been touched by this crisis, but our greatest sympathies are with those who have lost friends or loved ones.

At an institutional level, we are striving to do what is right, appropriate and within our means to help Europe recover.

The Council of Europe and the European Union have different roles and responsibilities, but as close members of the European family, we have a great deal in common.

When it comes to the Coronavirus – and all matters – we share a conviction that the answers to our problems must be grounded in our fundamental values: human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

That it is on this basis that we will find greater unity in Europe, even and especially in times of adversity.

More broadly, and because we share this outlook, today we continue to work together in many areas and through a series of joint programmes, funded in large part by the EU, and run at an operational level by the Council of Europe.

Through these, we are together tackling corruption, reinforcing justice, protecting minorities, and so much more, across our continent.

This Europe Day also occurs in an important anniversary year for both our organisations.

The 9thof May marks the 70thanniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

And on the 5thof May, when the Council of Europe celebrates the signature of the Treaty of London and the creation of our organisation, we will be also thinking about the 70 years that have passed since the European Convention on Human Rights was opened for signature.

That document – setting out the basic rights to which every European is entitled – has been transformative for those who live in our continent.

It has transformed, improved, and even saved lives, and it has demonstrated its value as a cornerstone for both our organisations.

So, on this Europe Day, I will reflect not only on the deep problems facing us, but on our common heritage, common values, and common resolve to overcome the current crisis, and work together for greater strength and unity in the years ahead”.

Europe Day 5th May: Statement by CoE Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

9 May – EU celebrates Europe Day

Europe Day celebrates unity and peace in the EU. It marks the anniversary of the declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman in 1950, in which he outlined the vision of European community.

Every year the EU institutions open to public around this date and many activities are organised in the member states.