Europe Day, observed on May 9 each year, marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration in 1950, which proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, the forerunner to the European Union.
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What was the idea behind the community?
The idea of the community was that its founding members – France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg – would pool their coal and steel resources and create a common market for them by lifting import and export duties.
The idea was partly economic: French foreign minister Robert Schuman’s proposal came just five years after World War Two.
But it was also political. The idea was that merging the economic interests of France and Germany would reduce the risk of conflict in the future.
"Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity."
Robert Schuman, 9 May 1952
To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to the public in Brussels, in Luxembourg and in Strasbourg.
Local EU offices in Europe and all over the world organise a variety of activities and events for all ages.
Each year thousands of people take part in visits, debates, concerts and other events to mark the day and raise awareness about the EU.
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