Europe Day of the European Union is celebrated on May 9th, 2021. This day commemorates the so-called Schuman Declaration and the associated birth of the European Union. The day also draws attention to the peace and unity of the states belonging to the European Union. The holiday was initiated in 1985 at the Milan summit of heads of state and government. At the suggestion of the Adonnino Committee, it was decided to celebrate this day in remembrance of the event across Europe. For many employees of European institutions, Europe Day is non-working.
The Europe Day of the European Union is celebrated with numerous events and festivities, which are intended to strengthen the community of the individual member states. In addition, on this day, public buildings will be decorated with symbols of the European Union – including the European flag. In Germany, the so-called European week takes place in addition to Europe Day. This day is used at schools and universities to provide information about and discuss cultural and economic issues in the European Union.
The European Union has its origins in 1950, when the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuhmann proposed in his speech a supranational, European amalgamation of the coal and steel industries into a joint production community. The resulting European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), also known as the Coal and Steel Community, guaranteed all member states duty-free access to coal and steel and is considered to be the cornerstone of today’s European Union.
In order to join the European Union, a candidate country must meet the so-called Copenhagen criteria. The conditions laid down by the European Council in Copenhagen in 1993 are made up of three factors. The institutional stability of a state is seen as a political criterion and the functioning market economy as an economic criterion. In addition, there is the so-called acquis criterion, according to which the acceding state must be able to fulfill the obligations arising from accession and to see and pursue the goals of the European Union as its own.
Where is Europe Day of the EU?
When is Europe Day of the EU?
Sunday May 9, 2021