Did you celebrate Europe Day yesterday? I didn’t even know there was such a thing – so this is just an informative post with no particular political In or Out message.
Europe Day is held on the 9 of May every year and celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘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. This year, despite all the problems the Union is facing, more than 160 events were organised to celebrate Europe Day by Brussels officials, with many EU staff given the day off.