May 9th is Europe Day!

Europe Day

To celebrate the peace and unity of Europe, Europe Day is celebrated every year on May 9th.

Europe Day marks the anniversary of the presentation of Robert Schuman’s idea of a new form of political cooperation in Europe. The Schuman Declaration was intended to make war between the nations of Europe an unthinkable possibility. Schuman’s proposal is considered the birth of the European Union.

Europe Week

From April 30th to May 9th, many events will take place within the framework of Europe Week. The motto of this year’s Europe Week, “European Year of Youth“, encourages young people to get involved in European politics. Thinking is encouraged, especially on the issues that make Europe greener, more inclusive and more digital. Now is also the time to think about what the world after Corona could look like.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, Europe Week also has the slogan “Stories of Europe – Show me your Europe“, with around 80 different activities taking place to show, among other things, how much Europe we always have right before our eyes.

Of course, the event will not ignore how peace can be spoken of in times of war. With the colourful events under the European flag, the organisers want to show that in these times it is important to stand together, to stand up for peace and the people and to show solidarity with Ukraine.

Lectures and discussions on many other topics will take place all over Germany. Artful activities will also decorate the week, such as special theatre and cinema performances.

Erasmus+ in Europe Week

Around 9 May, activities will take place in many German cities and of course at the Local Erasmus+ Initiatives as part of Europe Week. In cooperation with ESN Bonn, LEI as the National Agency will have an information stand at the City of Bonn’s Europe Day on May 7th and talk to citizens.


(Photo by Christian Lue un