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EURES celebrating Europe day

On 9 May 1950 the first steps were taken towards the creation of what is now the European Union. To mark this event, people all over Europe celebrate the fundamental values of peace and solidarity that constitutes the EU, on 9 May each year. Being a European network, EURES takes part in the festivities.     
                                 
In Ljubljana, Slovenia celebrating Europe Day has been a tradition for several years as a way of promoting the services that the EU offers its citizens. “By telling visitors about EURES and other programmes handled by the EU, we highlight that the EU is much more than a bureaucratic organisation in Brussels,” states Mitja Kandare, information officer, at Centre Europe in Ljubljana.  
 
Against the backdrop of a future threat of war in Europe, the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman called for Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxemburg and the Netherlands to pool together their coal and steel production as "the first concrete foundation of a European federation" in Paris, 9 May 1950.
 
In what became known as the “Schuman Declaration”, Robert Schuman proposed the creation of a European Institution, tasked with managing the coal and steel industry – the sector that was the basis of the military power. In 1985 during the Milan Summit EU leaders designated the 9 May as a day for peace, a "Europe Day".
 
Today, more than 60 years after the Schuman Declaration, EURES celebrated Europe Day in public events organised together with other European organisations. The events constituted, among other things, seminars and presentations, cultural activities and open days at EU institutions.
 
In the border region between Haparanda in Sweden and Tornio in Finland, two cities so closely integrated that they appear as one city on the map, Europe Day attracts thousands of visitors every year. “This might seem a bit odd for an EU-sceptical region. I believe the reason why so many people turn out for this day is the fact that although the region as a whole maybe sceptical the inhabitants of these two cities are not. More than a thousand people live in Finland and work in Sweden or vice versa, which is quite a large number considering that the cities combined have about 33 000 inhabitants,” says Lars Kero, EURES Adviser in Haparanda.

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