Europe Day 9 May
At a speech in Paris in 1950, the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, 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 the 18 April 1951. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
Each year thousands of people take part in visits, debates, concerts and other events to mark the day and raise awareness about the EU.