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Europe Day - EU Open Doors

Open doors at EU institutions

EU institutions open their doors to the public. Join the celebrations and learn more about the European Union with events and activities for all ages.

To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to the public on 2 May in Strasbourg and on 9 May in Brussels and Luxembourg. Local EU offices in Europe and all over the world organise a variety of activities and events for all ages.

Each year thousands of people take part in visits, debates, concerts and other events to mark the day and raise awareness about the EU.

What's happening this year?

9 May 2015

9 May 2015

2 May 2015

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  • Free shuttle train stops
9 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | European Parliament

Your voice in the European Union

The Members of the European Parliament represent you in the EU. Visit us, discuss gender equality during our main debate and discover the work of development NGOs in a colourful, upbeat atmosphere.

9 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | Council

Discover the European Council

The Council of the European Union and the European Council open their doors to the Public. Come and see where the Heads of State and Government of the 28 EU countries take their decisions.

9 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | European Commission

EU is working for a stronger Europe in the world

All citizens will discover the concrete actions, the main priorities and the wide range work of the European Commission. Europe, it's about you!

9 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | European Court of Auditors

Do you know the guardians of the EU's finances?

Meet the EU's auditors. Learn how they safeguard the financial interests of the EU citizens. Test your auditing skills in a quiz and see if you have what it takes to become an EU auditor.

9 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | European External Action Service

European Union's diplomatic service

Helping to project the EU in the World, the European External Action Service is the European Union's diplomatic service. It helps the EU's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini – the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission – to carry out the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy.

9 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | European Economic and Social Committee

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Discover what the EESC does for you! Share your opinion and your ideas about topics of interest and importance to you, such as employment, economic growth, sustainable development, initiatives for global development, the eradication of poverty...

9 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | Committee of the Regions

Your region in the European Union

Discover the Committee of the Regions in an interactive way! Find out more about its work and current political priorities as well as Europe's diversity and regions' initiatives in the field of development cooperation.

9 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | European Ombudsman

European Ombudsman

The European Ombudsman is joining forces with the federal ombudsman and regional ombudsman français of Belgium in order to provide help and advice to citizens visiting the EU Open Doors day. Visit our stand inside the European Parliament to find out more. Looking forward to your visit!

9 May 2015 | 10:00 - 16:00 | European Data Protection Supervisor

Data protection for the 21st century

Whether shopping online, using a smartphone or applying for jobs, data protection affects us all. Visit the EDPS stand in the European Parliament for an interactive insight into technology and data protection.

9 May 2015 | 11:00 - 18:00 | European Parliament

Discover how the European Parliament works français

Find out more about the only institution elected by universal suffrage at European level and learn how the European Parliament works. Meet MEPs at 14:00. Discover development projects of NGOs. Venue: Place d'Armes, Luxembourg.

9 May 2015 | 11:00 - 18:00 | European Court of Auditors

Do you know the guardians of the EU's finances?

Meet the EU's auditors. Learn how they safeguard the financial interests of the EU citizens. Test your auditing skills in a quiz and see if you have what it takes to become an EU auditor.

9 May 2015 | 14:00 - 18:00 | Court of Justice of the European Union

Court of Justice of the European Union

From 14:00, come visit the institution responsible for reviewing EU institution’s acts, ensuring that Member States comply with the Treaties and interpreting EU law at the request of national courts.

2 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | European Parliament

Discover how the European Parliament works

Visit the only institution elected by universal suffrage at European level and learn how the European Parliament works. Take part in the debate on the European Year for Development. Public debate with MEPs at 11:30. Free ferry rides from the city centre to the European Parliament all day. Allée du Printemps, Strasbourg.

2 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | European Court of Auditors

Do you know the guardians of the EU's finances?

Meet the EU's auditors. Learn how they safeguard the financial interests of the EU citizens. Test your auditing skills in a quiz and see if you have what it takes to become an EU auditor.

2 May 2015 | 10:00 - 18:00 | European Ombudsman

European Ombudsman

The European Ombudsman is joining forces with the National Ombudsman of France français, the federal committee on petitions Deutsch and regional committee on petitions Deutsch of Germany in order to provide help and advice to citizens visiting the EU Open Doors day. Visit our stand inside the European Parliament to find out more. Looking forward to your visit!

Find Europe Day activities across the EU

Local offices of the European Commission and the European Parliament in the EU organise a variety of activities and events for all ages.

Find out what's happening in your country.

Europe Day activities around the globe

EU Delegations organise in cooperation with Member States' embassies in their host countries activities on the theme of Europe in the World. Lectures, competitions, film festivals and other events will demonstrate the best the EU has to offer.

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Why a Europe Day?

Europe Day (9 May) celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. 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 just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

Europe Day posters

Every year, the poster that best captures the idea of the EU is selected to represent Europe Day. Browse through the posters below to view the past winners.