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Europe Day: May 9th – The Schuman Declaration

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The European Union’s founding fathers reacted to the bloodshed and destruction of World War II by concocting a scheme designed to inextricably link Europe’s coal and steel industries and prevent wars from ravaging the European continent in the future.

On May 9, 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman announced a plan—in a speech inspired by French businessman-turned-advisor Jean Monnet—that proposed pooling European coal and steel production under a common authority.

While contributing to postwar economic recovery, this plan would also control the raw materials of war. The Schuman Declaration was regarded as the first step toward achieving a united Europe—an ideal that in the past had been pursued only by force.

May 9—Europe Day—is celebrated each year as the birth of today’s European Union. Read more…


ON THIS CONTEXT:

European Month of Culture
In May 2013, the EU kicks off the first-ever European Month of Culture, which showcases some of Europe’s best cultural talent in music, art, film, theater, and more at venues around Washington. Read more….

 

Educational and cultural events mark Europe Week throughout the United States between May 5 and 11 this year, culminating with EU Open House Day. The commemoration exemplifies the peace, stability, and prosperity that the EU has helped achieve on the European continent during the past sixty years. Read more…