On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister at the time, gave a memorable speech making the case for a new model of political and economic cooperation for Europe. Each year, the EU institutions celebrate this by organising activities on or near 9th May, the anniversary date of the Schuman Declaration.
Throughout the month of May, there are many types of activities on offer as part of the Europe Day celebrations. The European institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg are opening their doors to the public, while local European Union offices elsewhere in Europe and the world are also organising a range of events. Every year there are tours, debates, conferences and other activities so that thousands of people can find out more about the European Union and how it works.