Europe Day, held on 9 May every year, celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.
In addition to the reflection paper on the social dimension of Europe by 2025, on 26 April the Commission adopted its proposal for the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar takes direct inspiration from the changing welfare realities of Europe's society and the world of work. It concerns euro area countries, but is applicable to all Member States that wish to be a part of it.