Why Europe Day?
In the framework of 2013 European Year of Citizens, the European Union is getting ready to celebrate Europe Day on 9th of May.
Indeed, very few people know that on 9 May 1950 the first move was made towards the creation of what is today known as the European Union.
Also known as Schuman Day, this yearly recurrence commemorates the historical declaration by the French foreign minister Robert Schuman.
On 9 May 1950, a few years after the conclusion of World War II and against the background of the threat of a Third World War engulfing the whole of Europe, Schuman read to the international press a declaration proposing the pooling of French and West German coal and steel industries.
This lead to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the first concrete foundation of a European federation.
Everything, therefore, began that day…
Europe Day in Malta
Malta is looking forward to join all fellow Europeans in the celebration of this day of peace, unity and democracy.
Following a well-established tradition, the European Commission Representation and the European Parliament Information Office in Malta have joined forces to organise a series of activities aimed at bringing the EU institutions closer to the public, as well as celebrating our common European identity.
The whole island, and especially the capital city of Valletta, will be festooned for the occasion with banners, flags and posters announcing the recurrence.
In the morning of Thursday 9th of May, a Parliamentary debate will take place at the Aula Magna in the Old University Building in Valletta between secondary school students and serving members of the Maltese Parliament.
The debate will be followed by a certificate-giving ceremony and standing reception, animated by a concert by the AFM band and by the theatre play for children Complete history of Europe (more or less).
In the afternoon (starting 17:30), the Valletta band will hold a concert in front of Law Courts, while in the evening a reception will follow at Dar L-Ewropa for State Dignitaries, diplomatic corps. His Excellency the President of Malta will be the Guest of Honour.
Another occasion to celebrate is that 2013 is the European Year of Citizens 2013, which is dedicated to the rights that come with EU citizenship. Over the year, dialogue will be encouraged between all levels of government, civil society and business at events and conferences all around Europe and Malta, in order to discuss those EU rights and build a vision of how the EU should be in 2020.
Click here to see some pictures from last year's celebrations in Malta.
Click here to know more about Europe Day and see how it is celebrated in Brussels and all around Europe!