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EU symbols

The EU is recognisable by several symbols, the most well-known being the circle of yellow stars on a blue background.

This site introduces other symbols such as the European anthem and motto.

The European flag

The 12 stars in a circle symbolise the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe.

The European anthem

The melody used to symbolise the EU comes from the Ninth Symphony composed in 1823 by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Europe Day

The ideas behind the European Union were first put forward on 9 May 1950 by French foreign minister Robert Schuman. This is why 9 May is celebrated as a key date for the EU.

The EU motto

"United in diversity" is the motto of the European Union.

It signifies how Europeans have come together, in the form of the EU, to work for peace and prosperity, while at the same time being enriched by the continent's many different cultures, traditions and languages.

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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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