9 May 2007 - European Parliament celebrates Europe Day
On 9th May 1950, not long after the end of the Second World War, Robert Schuman, then French Minister for Foreign Affairs made a declaration proposing that nations such as France and Germany should join together to ensure that war on the European continent would not happen again. This declaration, now known as the Schuman Declaration, started the process of European integration which has led to the European Union we have today. Europe Day is celebrated annually throughout the EU on 9th May.
Pat Cox - former European Parliament President in UCC
Following an invitation from the Department of Government in UCC, Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament and current President of the International European Movement delivered a keynote address on 'Reflections on 50 years of European unity'.
Pat Cox speech at UCC - 9th May
European Parliament hosts Europe Day reception in UCC
The European Parliament hosted a special reception to celebrate Europe Day immediately after Pat Cox's keynote address. Irish MEPs, local politicians, business people and civil society and media representatives were invited to attend.
As part of the celebrations, UCC published a booklet to commemorate 50 years of the European Union. The booklet included a contribution from Irish MEPs Brian Crowley (FF), Kathy Sinnott (Ind.) and Simon Coveney TD (FG).
A special Euroscola event was held in Strasbourg to commemorate Europe Day. Students from two Co. Clare secondary schools represented Ireland in the event which allows students from the 27 Member States of the European Union to act as MEPs for a day - Mary Immaculate Secondary School from Lisdoonvarna and Coláiste Mhuire from Ennistymon.
An open top double-decker bus in the streets of Dublin
European Parliament staff travelled on an open top double-decker EU bus through the city centre of Dublin with information for members of the public. EP staff answered questions from members of the public from11.30am until 2.30pm.
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Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer on 086 8559423 / firstname.lastname@example.org