Happy Europe Day!
Today, May 9th, the European Union celebrates Europe Day to commemorate the day in 1950 when French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed consolidating the coal and steel industries of Europe, binding nations so closely together that renewed war would be unthinkable. The "Schuman Declaration" is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union of 28 Member States with half a billion people living in peace together.
Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of the EU Delegation to the United States, highlighted in a video message that European integration "is a history of success in bringing millions of Europeans towards democracy, providing them with peace, stability, security and also prosperity." He also said that this occasion is "a moment to remind ourselves of the importance of American support to the European project and overall the importance of the transatlantic relationship. It has been crucial in the past. It is still crucial today. And I believe it is becoming even more important as we look forward to the next decade."
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Europe Day coincides with a month-long celebration of European culture in Washington, DC, but as well a week-long celebration at FIU! To see program at FIU, click here