Europe Day is held on 9 May every year and 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.
Each year thousands of people take part in visits, debates, concerts and other events to mark the day and raise awareness about the EU.
To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to the public on 5 May in Brussels, 5 and 9 May in Luxembourg and 10 June in Strasbourg.