Why is Europe Day celebrated on May 9?

Why is Europe Day celebrated on May 9?
Why is Europe Day celebrated on May 9?

In 2024, Ascension falls on Thursday May 9. A public holiday whose date changes each year since it is calculated on that of Easter. The date of Europe Day does not change. It has been celebrated every year on May 9 since 1986 and is one of the five symbols of Europe, with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency.

A date which echoes the start of European construction

The date of May 9 was chosen to pay tribute to the start of European construction. On May 9, 1950, Robert Schuman, then French Minister of Foreign Affairs, proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community. The member countries (France, West Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg), which are still struggling to erase the ravages of the Second World War, are invited to pool their production of coal and steel , thus making a new conflict “not only unthinkable, but materially impossible”, believes Robert Schuman.

The treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was signed in Paris on April 18, 1951. It was the first European institution which would lead years later to the European Union.

May 9 is not only the anniversary of a founding moment. The date is also an opportunity to raise citizens’ awareness of the role of European institutions. Events are organized throughout Europe in this regard. Pretty Europe Month extends the celebrations of May 9 to the whole month, notably through events organized in schools and educational establishments.

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