Celebrate Europe Day with us

The 9th of May is one of the most important days for us. Why is it not celebrated all over the country? We say: This must change! We make 9th of May, the annual Europe Day, a lively and visible festival. In 2019 we celebrated with over 700 guests for the first time in Berlin. A meeting of pop, art, culture and politics. At the same time, we launched our #myeurope campaign, where people could fly their flags for Europe on the internet. We want to make it a tradition. Every year on Europe Day we start a big campaign. 2019 the big Europe Day celebration at the Brandenburg Gate, 2020 the colorful online choir United in Diversity – and 2020? Let us surprise you! We keep you up to date with our Newsletter or on our social media channels.

The history of the Europe Day

“Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.”. On the 9th of May 1950 – only 5 years after the end of the Second World War – the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman spoke these important words in his speech, which received much attention worldwide. The so-called Schuman Declaration was the first step towards a European Coal and Steel Community. And thus the foundation stone for today’s European Union.

The idea behind the Schuman Declaration was almost visionary: for lasting peace to prevail in Europe, enemy states must become friendly states, Europe must become a place of encounter and common ground. States, regions and people all over Europe must cooperate, act together and exchange ideas with each other so that not only lasting peace but also steadily growing prosperity for all can be achieved.

Since then, the longest epoch of peace and prosperity in Europe has ever existed.

In order to create a worthy monument to this idea, which was first articulated on May 9, 1950 and became reality only a little later, Europe Day is celebrated every year on May 9. For EU employees it is an official holiday. But also Kosovo and Luxembourg have already introduced Europe Day as an official holiday.

Because Europe Day stands for the departure into a Europe of peace, cooperation, diversity and tolerance, we want to ensure with our actions that this day has more visibility throughout Europe.

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