Europe Day 2017 celebration, NUIG
On Tuesday 9 May, the European Parliament will celebrate Europe Day for the first time in Galway. Come along to the ILAS Building on the NUIG Campus and meet MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Matt Carthy, MEPs of the Midlands-North West constituency. Starts at 11 am. To reserve your place email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel (01) 605.79.00
EU Member State embassies will be on hand with information stands and you can sample some European foods. There will also be a special birthday cake to mark the EU's 60th birthday! Shay Byrne, host of RTE’s “Rising Time” will be compere for the day.Join us in celebrating Europe Day 2016 with this informal fun event.
Why a Europe Day?
Europe Day (9 May) celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.
His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.