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Europe Day - 9 May 2013

On 9th May 1950 the Schuman Declaration was presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman. It proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, whose members would pool coal and steel production. This was the seed of what has today grown into the European Union.

This day is now marked across Europe including in the following ways across the UK in 2013.


St Andrew's Square in Edinburgh was be taken over by an event to mark Europe Day

The European Parliament Office, the European Commission, the Edinburgh Consular Corps, Scottish Government, Scotland Europa and others had stands in the square, highlighting their work in Scotland. The European Parliament office in Scotland was explaining the role of the Parliament and the Scottish MEPs.

The event was open to all, and ran from 11:30 to 15:30, with activities involving many of the EU countries.


Fundamental Rights in Europe between Luxembourg and Strasbourg: Which Way Now?
Speaker: Dr Alexander Kornezov (European Court of Justice)
Date and Time: 9 May 2013 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Moot Court Room, Old College

The Law School welcomed Dr Alexander Kornezov, référendaire at the European Court of Justice, who presented a paper on the theme of "Fundamental Rights in Europe between Luxembourg and Strasbourg: Which Way Now?".  He commented on the most recent judgments of the Court of Justice on the scope of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and consider how they affect the judicial protection of fundamental rights in Europe, in particular with regard to the forthcoming EU accession to the ECHR.

In the final part of the seminar, students had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A-based discussion about the role of référendaire more generally.


Environmental Decision-Making in the European Union: Who Exercises Power?

15.30 - 17.00, 9 May 2013, Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Dept. of Physics, Oxford

A panel discussion as part of Europe Day, chaired by Dr Paul Jepson. Speakers includeed: Dr Caroline Jackson, Chair of the Institute for European Environment Policy (IEEP) and former Chair of the European Parliament's Environment Committee; Kaarina Kolle, Policy Assistant at WWF European Policy Office; Professor Michael Shackleton, University of Maastricht, co-author of The Institutions of the European Union (2012); Anthony Teasdale, Director in the European Parliament and co-author of The Penguin Companion to European Union."


The Europe Direct Information Centre, Cardiff was launched at Cardiff Central Library with a big Europe Day celebratory event!
Speaker: David Hughes, Head of the European Commission in Wales.
Music and Dance from Pentreffest
Storytelling with Michael Harvey
Clubs and societies
Information Stands
Cardiff Central Library
The Hayes

Thursday 9th May, 10.00 - 16.00. Free event.


The University of Kent's annual Europe Day celebrations took place on Thursday 9 May 2013 at the Gulbenkian, Canterbury campus, from 11.30 - 15.30. This year the event was also the occasion of the launch of the Global Europe Centre and a range of activities were planned including...

Student debate 'What does Europe mean to you?', European quiz, debate, presentations, food and more... It was open to all.

Celebrate Europe Day with the University of Kent


Pupils from St Nicholas Primary Catholic School, Exeter joined the ceremony, alongside members of Devon's European Movement Committee.