Europe Day is celebrated on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, in commemoration of the 1950 Robert Schuman Declaration. This speech by the French politician of Luxembourg origin is considered as the founding text of the European construction. In Luxembourg, the festivities for Europe Day take the form of a European village that you can visit from 11.30 am on. This year's theme is "Youth and the future of Europe".
Europe Day is the occasion to launch the new European Commission campaign "EU&Me" ("Europe & me"), which concerns Europeans between 17 and 35 years old. The campaign brochure explains the genesis of the European Union, its values and their impact in our daily lives. In addition, people are learning more about the many challenges the EU is currently facing, the challenges that determine the future of every European citizen. The publication "EU&Me" and the exercises it contains offer not only topics for reflection but also discussion on the Europe of tomorrow.
The Cercle Cité also organizes a major conference, in cooperation with the Ministry of Family, Integration and the Greater Region, which brings together more than 300 young people from Luxembourg and the Greater Region.
A European village
The 2018 edition of the Europe Day takes place in Place d'Armes and Square Jan Palach, located in the center of Luxembourg, in the form of a European village open from 11.30 am. The European village includes political clusters to highlight EU policies. A large number of Member States hold information stands, which allows them to discover the culinary and touristic particularities of their country. A varied cultural program - music, dance, singing, folklore, exhibitions - as well as didactic activities for children and teenagers take place all day long. The official part of the event is closed by the cutting and distribution of the traditional European cake at 13h.
The festivities are organized on the initiative of the Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg, in close collaboration with the Information Office of the European Parliament and the European institutions in Luxembourg, the embassies, the Luxembourg Government and the City of Luxembourg.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal/ Source: European Commission)