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Europe Day 2019

Europe Day 2019

Celebrate Europe Day 2019 at the European institutions with the annual Open Day in Brussels on 4 May, in Luxembourg on 9 May and in Strasbourg on 19 May.

Local EU offices in Europe and all over the world also organise a variety of activities and events for all ages.

The Open Day is a unique opportunity for you to discover how the European institutions affect your life. Step inside the institutions’ buildings and take part in special activities, such as public debates and guided tours.

In Brussels and Strasbourg this year's theme is about choosing your future. The European elections on 23-26 May are your chance to have a say on who makes big decisions that affect your daily life. Pledge to vote and take responsibility for the future at



Activities across the EU institutions

Brussels - 4 May 2019, from 10.00 to 18.00

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Strasbourg - 19 May 2019


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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.

Activities around the globe

EU Delegations around the world will open their doors and organise a variety of activities and events.

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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.

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