European Union

Europe Day 2017

To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to the public on 6 May in Brussels, 13 & 14 May in Luxembourg and 14 May in 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.

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Visit the European institutions

Brussels

6 May 2017, from 10.00 to 18.00

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Luxembourg

 

13-14 May 2017, from 10.00 to 18.00

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Strasbourg

 

14 May 2017, from 10.00 to 18.00

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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 EU member countries' embassies in their host country 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, 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.