On Saturday 9 May, European citizens will commemorate Europe Day; the date of the Schuman Declaration, which 70 years ago started Europe on the path to today’s European Union.
Given this year’s circumstances, the European Institutions are closed and won’t organise their very popular Open Day this weekend. The European Parliament has a full agenda of online activities instead, giving citizens the chance to learn about the history of the Schuman Declaration, the work of the European Parliament and the solidarity of Europe in the face of Covid-19.
“70 years after the Schuman Declaration, Europe faces a crisis that makes standing together more important than ever. This year, Europe Day is not only a chance to think about the Europeans that made history in 1950 but shine a spotlight on those who are making history today and see this solidarity in action,” reads the introduction of the official Facebook Event “Europe Day 2020 - 70 years of solidarity”.
During the day, a live broadcast will include an exclusive talk with the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli; a stay-at-home visit of the Hemicycle of the largest translational Parliament in the world; and interactive discussions on what the European Union is doing to tackle the Covid-19 crisis, with its flagship campaign #EuropeansAgainstCovid19.
How can you join the online event?
- Follow the Facebook Event during the day
- Join the #EuropeDay conversation on social media
- Hang your EU flag out of the window (or draw one and stick it to the window)
The European Parliament’s webpage for Europe Day also has more on the history of the Schuman Declaration. An online exhibition, video, podcast and Instagram stories are all available to explain the meaning behind 9 May.
Happy Europe Day!