70 years after the Schuman declaration, Europe faces a crisis which makes standing together more important than ever. Today we remember how Europeans made history in 1950 and pay tribute to those who are making history today.
Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historic 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.
His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
► Read the Schuman declaration here
EU institutions celebrate Europe Day
On Europe Day 2020, the EU institutions want to pay tribute through numerous online activities to the many European who, in a spirit of solidarity, are helping our Union get through the coronavirus crisis. You will find here an impressive and heart-warming set of testimonials as well as updated information on the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis.
► Listen to the European Anthem: Ode to Joy
The anthem is performed by the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra conducted by André Reichling. It was recorded in 1994 at the Teatro da Trindade, Lisbon. Musical arrangement by Herbert von Karajan.*
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► For the European Day activities organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the US and all EU Member States please check the following facebook page: https:/www.facebook.comevents/2482764582033869/