Every year on 9 May, people across Europe come together to celebrate Europe Day. This special occasion commemorates the historic ‘Schuman Declaration’ made by French foreign minister Robert Schuman in 1950, which proposed the creation of a supranational European institution to promote peace and economic development.
Since then, the European Union has grown to become a community of 27 member states that work together to create a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Europe. The EU has brought numerous benefits to its citizens, including free movement, education, healthcare, and employment opportunities.
Europe Day is a time to celebrate the unity and diversity of Europe, as well as its cultural heritage, traditions, and achievements. Across the continent, people come together to attend events, festivals, and activities that showcase the best of European culture.
Europe Day also serves as an opportunity for young people to learn more about the European Union and its impact on their lives. Many educational activities and resources are available, such as online quizzes, workshops, and information sessions.
By celebrating Europe Day, young people can gain a greater understanding of Europe’s history, culture, and values, as well as its place in the world today. They can also learn about the EU’s role in promoting democracy, human rights, and sustainable development and become active and engaged citizens who contribute to a better Europe and a better world.
We, the European Youth Card Association, are excited to maintain our collaboration with various European institutions to carry out diverse projects. These projects aim to promote initiatives such as the DiscoverEU programme and the European Solidarity Corps and also to further educate and involve young people in the European Elections.
So let’s come together on 9 May and celebrate Europe Day - a day that reminds us of the power of cooperation, unity, and diversity. Happy Europe Day!