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May 9, 2013 - In brief

Europe Day, 9 May

On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman, France’s foreign minister, sparked the creation of what is now know as the European Union by calling on France, Germany and other European countries to pool their production of coal and steel.

The anniversary of his declaration is celebrated as Europe Day –recognising a union of 27 countries that upholds respect for freedom and the rule of law while valuing the diversity of its citizens.

Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union.

 

Useful links:
Europe Day on the European Commission's Website, on the European External Action Service's Website.

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