May 9 is celebrated annually as the Europe Day. It is the anniversary of signing the Schuman Declaration, a plan presented by the contemporary French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman in 1950. At his speech in Paris, he set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe. His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body called “European Coal and Steel Community” was signed just under a year later. Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
On Europe Day 2020, the EU institutions want to pay tribute through numerous online activities to the many Europeans who, in a spirit of solidarity, are helping our Union get through the coronavirus crisis. The ongoing crisis leaves no room for social gatherings, and our thoughts go out to all those who are fighting against the virus or suffering because of it. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe Day 2020 celebrations will not be able to take place traditionally.
However, we invite Lublin residents to sing "Ode to Joy" on May 9. This year it will be performed from their homes. Let’s participate in this venture in any form!
Likewise, Nancy, a twin city in France, invited its residents to sing "Ode to Joy" from balconies and windows, on May 9 at 18.00. The inhabitants of Lublin will be supported by the choir Kantylena conducted by Małgorzata Nowak. Additionally, the Europe Direct network in Poland has prepared a special online project accessible for everyone.
Choose either option and make Europe Day 2020 an occasion to celebrate peace and unity in Europe.
How can you join in #DzieńEuropy2020 #EUChallenge? It's easy! Just:
- take an interesting photo with the symbol/symbols associated with the European Union,
- share it publicly on your Facebook profile,
- tag friends and add hashtags: #Europe2020 and #EUChallenge.