European Union

Festival of Europe 2017

On 9 May of each year, Europe celebrates the anniversary of the famous Schuman Declaration, which is considered to have laid the foundations for the European Union.

11-europeThe European Union institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg are taking this opportunity to celebrate Europe Dayby opening their doors to the publicfrom early to mid-May. In Luxembourg, on 13 and 14 May,the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Auditors and the European Parliament await thousands of visitors of all ages from throughout the world in order to familiarise them with the roles of the institutions and the way they operate.

On 9 May 1950, the French Minister of Luxembourgish originsuggested creating a new form of cross-border political cooperation in Europe. Less than one year later, the European Coal and Steel Community was established by the Treaty of Paris. As such, this date can certainly be considered as the birth of what is now known as the European Union.

Reopening of the European Museum Schengen

The European Museum Schengen is taking advantage of this historic anniversary on 9 May to celebrate its own official reopening.

The permanent exhibition explains to visitors the difference between the European Union and the Schengen area. It offers them an interactive and fun way of retracing the journey from the Europe of frontiers to a Europe based on free movement of goods, capital, services and people. What's more, young and old visitors alike can take home their own "Schengen passport" as a souvenir.

(Article written by the portal’s editorial team)

  • Updated 15-05-2017