Europe Day, 6 May 2016, Cork City
On Friday 6 May, the European Parliament will celebrate Europe Day for the first time in Cork with an open invitation to meet with MEPs of the South Constituency. Seán Kelly, Deirdre Clune and Liadh Ní Riada will be available to meet with all attending the event which takes place at Cork City Hall from 12h00- 14h00. Try some European fare which will be provided by a number of EU embassies and pick up some information about other European countries. Shay Byrne, host of RTE’s “Rising Time” will be compere for the day.
We are looking forward to welcoming many local schools and delegations from the ICA and Mens' Sheds. Red FM will be on hand to provide music. 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.