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Europe Day – EU Open Doors

Europe Day

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.

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Open doors at EU institutions

To celebrate Europe Day in the weeks leading up to the European elections, the EU institutions will open their doors to the public in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. Local EU offices in Europe and all over the world will 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?

Strasbourg Open Doors: 4 May 2014 from 10:00 - 18:00

  • The European Parliament is the only directly-elected EU body and one of the largest democratic assemblies in the world. What better time to visit us than right before the European elections?

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  • Where can citizens and organisations get help if they have problems with the EU administration? Visit the European Ombudsman's stand (inside the Parliament) to find out!

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  • Meet the EU's auditors. Learn how they safeguard the financial interests of the EU citizens and help the EU run better. Visit the European Court of Auditors stand in the Winston Churchill building.

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Download the full Strasbourg programme pdf - 120 KB [120 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr)

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Luxembourg Open Doors: 10 May, 10.00 – 18.00

  • Come and visit the Court of Justice of the European Union 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.

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  • Meet the EU's auditors. Learn how they safeguard the financial interests of the EU citizens and help the EU run better. Visit the European Court of Auditors stand in Luxemburg City centre (Place Clairefontaine).

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Full Luxembourg programme français

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Brussels Open Doors: 17 May 2014, 10:00 - 18:00

  • The European Parliament is the only directly-elected EU body and one of the largest democratic assemblies in the world. What better time to visit us than right before the European elections?

    More information pdf - 231 KB [231 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr) Nederlands (nl)

  • 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.

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  • "European citizens and democracy" is the European Commission Open Doors' theme. All citizens will discover the concrete actions and the wide-range work of the institution. Europe, It's about You!

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  • See how the EU represents you across the globe! Meet the European External Action Service and learn about the EU's activities around the world, including civilian missions and military operations.

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  • Discover the work and activities of the European Economic and Social Committee. Meet our Members to discuss what it means to be a European citizen and enjoy activities for the whole family.

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  • Celebrate the 20 years anniversary of the Committee of the Regions, learn about its role and history, and experience the multicultural wealth of Europe's regions and cities.

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  • Visit the European Data Protection Supervisor's stand. Ask us about protecting your personal information when applying for a job, using your smart phone or shopping online.

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  • Where can citizens and organisations get help if they have problems with the EU administration? Visit the European Ombudsman's stand (inside the Parliament) to find out!

    More information

  • Meet the EU's auditors. Learn how they safeguard the financial interests of the EU citizens and help the EU run better. Visit the European Court of Auditors stand on the European Parliament Esplanade.

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  • If you are in Brussels on 10-11 May, don't miss the Brussels Region festival – Fête de l'Iris français / Irisfeest Nederlands

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Europe Day activities across Europe

Europe Day activities in:

Europe Day activities around the globe

EU Delegations will 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.

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Video of the 2013 Open Doors day

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Europe Day posters 1996-2014

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.

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9 May 1950 - 9 May 2002

This infoclip starts with a look back in history, including the signature of the Schuman Declaration. A second part shows the EU institutions today.

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