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Story of the European Anthem

04-05-2021

In the inter-war years, advocates of European unity began pondering the choice of an anthem that would convey the feeling of sharing a common destiny and common values. The creation of the Council of Europe in 1949 spurred further calls to this end. Proposals for scores and lyrics for an anthem for Europe began appearing spontaneously. It was not until 1972, however, that the Council of Europe formally adopted the prelude of Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as the European anthem. For ...

In the inter-war years, advocates of European unity began pondering the choice of an anthem that would convey the feeling of sharing a common destiny and common values. The creation of the Council of Europe in 1949 spurred further calls to this end. Proposals for scores and lyrics for an anthem for Europe began appearing spontaneously. It was not until 1972, however, that the Council of Europe formally adopted the prelude of Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as the European anthem. For their part, the institutions representing what would become the European Union chose the debates on a citizens' Europe held in the mid-1980s to adopt Ode to Joy as their anthem too. On 29 May 1986, the European flag and the European anthem were officially adopted at a ceremony held in Brussels. Although the version of the anthem chosen had no lyrics, it has come to symbolise the European Union. It is played at official ceremonies attended by the representatives and/or leaders of the European Union, and more generally at many events with a European theme.

Solvay Library to become the 'Library of Europe'

26-11-2019

Thanks to the European Parliament, the old Solvay Library will soon once again fulfil its original purpose as a European cultural centre. Founded by Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay, the library of the Brussels Institute of Sociology made its mark through the originality of its architecture and functional layout. Designed in 1902 as a working laboratory for research in the then emerging field of social sciences, it soon became the hub of an international documentation network, using a pioneering ...

Thanks to the European Parliament, the old Solvay Library will soon once again fulfil its original purpose as a European cultural centre. Founded by Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay, the library of the Brussels Institute of Sociology made its mark through the originality of its architecture and functional layout. Designed in 1902 as a working laboratory for research in the then emerging field of social sciences, it soon became the hub of an international documentation network, using a pioneering system for the classification of books and periodicals. The library, a listed building that has been fully restored to its original condition, will soon open its doors to the public and thus fulfil its original destiny, under an agreement between the European Parliament and the Belgian authorities.

The Jean Monnet House: A place in Europe’s history

23-09-2019

In keeping with the wishes of Jean Monnet and his closest colleagues, who dreamt of seeing his family home transformed into a place in which young people could come together to discuss and share ideas, the European Parliament has made this public place of recollection a venue of choice for people seeking to learn more about the way the European Union works, and discover the environment in which one of the architects of today's Europe lived and worked. It was here that many of the plans which would ...

In keeping with the wishes of Jean Monnet and his closest colleagues, who dreamt of seeing his family home transformed into a place in which young people could come together to discuss and share ideas, the European Parliament has made this public place of recollection a venue of choice for people seeking to learn more about the way the European Union works, and discover the environment in which one of the architects of today's Europe lived and worked. It was here that many of the plans which would have a decisive bearing on the future of France and Europe were drawn up. Close to Paris, but at the same time offering a refuge from the clamour of the French capital, it was here that Jean Monnet developed his vision of peace and European unity. The European Parliament bought the house in 1982. Today, managed on a day-to-day basis by the House of European History, the Jean Monnet House offers, through a permanent multimedia exhibition, an insight into both the private world of Jean Monnet and his career and political ideals. Since 2013, the Jean Monnet House has been officially recognised by the French Government as a 'Maison des Illustres' and is also part of the Network of Political Houses and Foundations of Leading Europeans, an initiative behind which the European Parliament is a driving force. Today, Parliament is breathing new life into the Jean Monnet House, in order to raise awareness of Monnet's work and to pass on his values of peace and solidarity to a wider public by organising new activities and hosting numerous events in Houjarray.

Robert Schuman

09-05-2019

Sixty years ago, Robert Schuman was elected president of the European Parliamentary Assembly, predecessor to the European Parliament. This French politician, who was particularly sensitive to the tensions between France and Germany, is regarded as one of the 'founding fathers' of what is now the European Union. After the Second World War, he supported the establishment of the Council of Europe and helped to bring many other European projects to fruition. With his declaration of 9 May 1950, considered ...

Sixty years ago, Robert Schuman was elected president of the European Parliamentary Assembly, predecessor to the European Parliament. This French politician, who was particularly sensitive to the tensions between France and Germany, is regarded as one of the 'founding fathers' of what is now the European Union. After the Second World War, he supported the establishment of the Council of Europe and helped to bring many other European projects to fruition. With his declaration of 9 May 1950, considered the founding act of the European integration process, Robert Schuman assumed political responsibility for a common coal and steel market that would later become the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). The declaration underlines the role of France in building a strong, prosperous and peaceful Europe, starting with France and Germany. Going far beyond mere objectives, the declaration also sets out the precise basis upon which the negotiations should begin. Robert Schuman was president of the European Parliamentary Assembly from 1958 to 1960. This institution was the political institution par excellence of the Communities: at once a democratic organ representing the peoples of Europe, a body invested with the power of executive scrutiny, and a unifying element between the three Communities. Highly influenced by Christian values, Robert Schuman campaigned to build a strong and united Europe step by step, and to establish institutionalised solidarity between European countries. Robert Schuman's legacy continues to influence and shape the European Union to this day.

The Eastman Building: A Brussels architectural gem for the House of European History

28-04-2017

The Eastman Building, which is situated right beside the European institutions in the heart of the Quartier Léopold is set to become the House of European History, opening its doors in 2017. The choice and renovation of this former dental clinic will highlight the building's historical value to the cultural heritage of Brussels and Europe. The dental clinic was set up by George Eastman, the founder of Kodak. It was built in 1935 in Parc Léopold, a centre for science and recreation since the end of ...

The Eastman Building, which is situated right beside the European institutions in the heart of the Quartier Léopold is set to become the House of European History, opening its doors in 2017. The choice and renovation of this former dental clinic will highlight the building's historical value to the cultural heritage of Brussels and Europe. The dental clinic was set up by George Eastman, the founder of Kodak. It was built in 1935 in Parc Léopold, a centre for science and recreation since the end of the nineteenth century. At various stages it has been a public clinic, a learning establishment and a retirement home. The European Parliament leased the building in 1985 to accommodate its administrative services, a print shop and a crèche. Over the years, it has also been used by other EU bodies such as the European Ombudsman and the European Court of Auditors. In 2009, the European Parliament decided that, after substantial renovation and extension, it should accommodate the House of European History. Its mission will be to present European history over the last two centuries through resolutely modern museography. Thus, the Eastman Building will continue to educate and reach out to the public.

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