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Europe Day

Europe Day held on 9 May every year 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.

EU institutions celebrate Europe Day

To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to the public in early May in Brussels and Strasbourg. 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.

Find out about the Europe Day activities in 2016

Picture gallery:

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.

  • poster 2013

    2013

  • poster 2012

    2012

  • poster 2011

    2011

  • poster 2010

    2010

  • poster 2009

    2009

  • poster 2008

    2008

  • poster 2007

    2007

  • poster 2006

    2006

  • poster 2005

    2005

  • poster 2004

    2004

  • poster 2003

    2003

  • poster 2002

    2002

  • poster 2001

    2001

  • poster 2000

    2000

  • poster 1998

    1998

  • poster 1998

    1998

  • poster 1997

    1997

  • poster 1996

    1996