Today, May 9th, is a day to celebrate the unity of Europe, a day that has been celebrated yearly since around 1985 in Europe. But, do you know why it is celebrated and why on this day?
Some may think, why not celebrating this day the 5th of May? After all, this was the day when the European Council was founded during the year 1949, a very relevant date for European History. This is because the 9th of May 1950, the Schuman Declaration was released. This document was presented by Robert Schumann, French foreign affairs minister back then, to propose a European Coal and Steel Community. The first members of this alliance were France, West Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. This would be the first supra national institution that would finally lead to our actual European Union.
This year 2023, the EU institutions, including EU delegations and representations worldwide, will organise a wide range of online and on-site activities, providing citizens with the opportunity to discover and experience the European Union.
“This May, Europe Day will bring citizens together to learn more about how the EU is supporting peace, security and democracy through its resolve in face of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and other conflicts worldwide. Europe Day 2023 will also enable visitors to get better acquainted with the EU’s efforts to build a Europe which is green, digital and competitive, fair and skilled, as well as strong, resilient and safe. This year, it will also shed special light on the 2023 European Year of Skills, which will kick-off on 9 May.
On and around Europe Day, the EU institutions will host a wide range of interactive activities at their locations across the 27 EU member states and around the world”, says the European Commission on the official press release about this day.
For Research and Innovation across the continent, the Europe Day represents an opportunity to raise awareness on the fact that, together, we can achieve more and much greater things, when it comes to science, technology and advancements. As you know, the ALEHOOP project counts on a multidisciplinary consortium formed by sixteen partners from 6 European countries, which wouldn’t exist without the funding opportunity of Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking (now known as CBE-JU), the Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC) and the Horizon 2020 Programme from the European Commission. Let’s keep celebrating our union and advancing together!