Europe Day 2023: celebrating European unity

Europe Day is celebrated every year on 9 May, commemorating when the Schuman Declaration that paved the way for the European Union was signed in 1950.

Discover the story of the European flag and the values it stands for: democracy, dignity, freedom, equality, rule of law and human rights.

Europe Day is an opportunity to celebrate the EU's achievements and unity. To mark the occasion, the EU institutions have organised a range of activities, enabling people to learn more about the EU and experience its cultural diversity.

The European Parliament is a key participant in the Europe Day celebrations and will offer visitors of its buildings a range of presentations, debates and games in Brussels on 6 May, in Luxembourg on 9 May, and in Strasbourg on 13 May.

Parliament’s liaison offices are inviting everyone to participate in events and activities in other EU countries as well.

On 9 May, Parliament President Roberta Metsola will welcome German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to debate the future of Europe with MEPs in Strasbourg. The debate will be the 10th in the This is Europe series, which brings together EU leaders and MEPs to discuss their views and solutions to Europe's challenges.

The EU stands together to address the most critical issues facing the continent and create a better future for all Europeans. The Europe Day events showcase the power of democracy and the importance of cooperation and unity in achieving common goals.

Visit the dedicated Europe Day website to find out what is going on near you.

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