Since 1985, the 9th of May marks the day where EU countries celebrate the event of Robert Schuman, Luxembourgish-born former prime minister of France, presenting an ambitious declaration in which he argued for an organisation that would unify the French and German coal and steel production. The speech, known as the famous Schuman Declaration, took place on the 9th of May 1950, is one of the importants acts with which Schuman deserved the title of ‘founding father of Europe’.
The European Coal and Steel Community (founding members: France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg) was the first of a series of supranational European institutions that would ultimately become today’s “European Union”.
“Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.”
– Robert Schuman
Celebrate Europe and participate in tomorrow’s Europe Day events in Luxembourg!