Unbeknownst to many European citizens, May 9th is Europe Day. This annual commemoration of European integration aims to raise awareness about the European Union’s achievements and to celebrate peace and unity in Europe. Events are held in EU member states like Sweden, as well as abroad in countries such as the United States. In Brussels the Festival of Europe gets underway, with the EU’s institutions opening their doors to the public. But for all the colourful splendour and symbolism of the day, the history it commemorates was forged from hard-fought agreements about post-war Europe’s institutions. May 9th 1950 was the date when French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman declared the intention of the French government to jointly administer Europe’s coal and steel resources with the other countries of Western Europe.
By: Scott Sutherland