Bratislava celebrates Europe Day on 9 May
The European Parliament office in conjunction with the European Commission’s representative office in Slovakia have organised a special event called Europe Day, commemorating the 61st anniversary of the Schuman Declaration as the birth of the European Union.
‘Europe Day‘ will take place on Monday 9 May on the Main Square in Bratislava, with lots of informative and entertaining activities to celebrate the European Union.
The Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950 was a governmental proposal by then-French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman to create a new form of organisation of the States in Europe called a supranational Community. Following the experiences of two world wars, France recognised that certain values such as justice could not be defined by the State apparatus alone. It involved far more than a technical Community to place the coal and steel industries of France, West Germany and other countries under a common High Authority.
This led to the peaceful re-organization of post- World War Europe. The proposal led first to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). It was also the forerunner of several other European Communities and also what is now the European Union (EU). The event is celebrated annually as Europe Day and Schuman himself is considered one of the founding fathers of the European Union.
This year the event will be a truly European affair, as the city of Bratislava is swamped with hockey fans, mostly from Europe.
Info source: Wikipedia