Celebrating Europe Day
Each 9 May, the European institutions celebrate Europe Day, in memory of the 9 May 1950 declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman calling for the creation of a united Europe. Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič took part in a number of events in both Brussels and Bratislava to mark the day.
On 4 May, V-P Šefčovič was in Brussels for the annual Open Doors day, when all the institutions are open to the general public. Alongside Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, he took part in the inauguration of a new visitors' centre located in the Charlemagne building, opposite the Commission's Berlaymont headquarters .
Moving to Bratislava for Europe Day itself, on 8 May V-P Šefčovič attended a concert of music by European composers organised by the information office of the European Parliament and the European Commission's representation in Slovakia alongside a number of national and European politicians and dignitaries.
The Slovak authorities selected Europe Day as the launch day for a series of debates (the National Convention on the EU) on the future of Europe with the goal of making a recommendation to the government on how to improve Slovak engagement and support for the EU. V-P Šefčovič took part in the plenary session on the Future of Europe, discussing Slovakia's current status within the EU.
Also on 9 May, he discussed the issue of further European integration with Slovak journalists, and joined colleagues from the European Commission representation in Bratislava as they distributed flowers to the general public in the city centre to mark Europe Day.