Day of Europe 2019
“Europe will not be made at one go, nor in an overall construction; it will be made through concrete achievements that create real solidarity ”Robert Schuman stated prophetically. His vision was to create a European institution that would manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed a few months later.
Indeed, in a Declaration on 9 May 1950 Paul Schuman, the Foreign Minister of France launched the ‘Schuman Plan’ proposing a supranational Community for coal and steel, based on a new European legal order and the idea of political and economic cooperation between the European countries that would eliminate anyappetite for war between Europe’s nations. In 1951 the European Coal and Steel Community was created and later on, in 1956 the European Economic Community, and in 1993 the European Union as we know it today.
Europeans can celebrate Europe Day at the European institutions in Brussels with the annual Open Day on 4 May 2019 from 10.00 to 18.00.
The Open Day is a unique opportunity for everyone to discover how the European institutions affect our lives. People can step inside the institutions’ buildings and take part in special activities, such as public debates and guided tours.
This year the Open Day is about choosing our future. The European elections on 23-26 May 2019 are our chance to participate actively in what affects our everyday life.
The European Commission makes a pledge to us to vote and take responsibility for the future at thistimeimvoting.eu.
Festivities are also taking place in Luxembourg, organised by the Representation of the European Commission in collaboration with the Information office of the European Parliament and several Embassies, between 11:00 – 19:00.
Finally, an Open Day 2019 in Strasbourg will Celebrate Europe at the heart of the European Parliament with a view to the European elections, by exploring the European Parliament building on 19 May.The Open Day gives the opportunity to learn more about how the European citizens are represented in the European Parliament. This years’ edition focuses on the importance of choosing our future. Information about the European Elections on 26 May will be available on all topics with the goal to realise the importance of our vote for a strong democracy among our nations. To this extend, the European Parliament will be open from 10.00 – 18.00.