May 9: Europe Day [fr]
Citizens of Europe, this year is for you!
With the 2014 European Elections one year away, the 2013 European Year of Citizens has come at a key moment. In fact, this year’s Europe Day is part of efforts from European institutions and member states to encourage citizens to vote and to draw their voters’ attention to the right to vote at the European level.
A number of events are scheduled to explain how European citizens can take advantage of the rights that the EU bestows upon them, as well as existing EU programs and policies. From January to December 2013, citizens will be able to fully exercise their rights and to take part in the democratic life of the European Union.
The theme of this year’s Europe Day will be the European Year of Citizens. It will also focus on the 15 years of friendship between Paris and Lisbon, and the Irish presidency of the Council of the European Union!
On May 9th, 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal as to how to organize Europe, a proposal that would prove invaluable to maintaining peaceful relations.
This proposal, known as the Schuman Declaration, is seen as the birth certificate of the European Union.
Today, May 9th has become a European symbol (Europe Day) that, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto, and the single currency (the euro), identifies the European Union as a political entity.
Festival of Europe: focus on youth/ Debate with young French people on the future of Europe
Thierry Repentin, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, wanted the Festival of Europe to focus on youth, a priority for President Hollande. On the occasion of the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, he will meet, on May 9, with the representatives of the European Youth Parliament as well as French lycée students who participated in a European election campaign simulation. It will provide an opportunity to highlight the European initiatives promoted by France aimed at responding to youth concerns... read