What is Europe Day?
Europe Day is an international celebration of peace and unity across the continent of Europe.
Held on May 9th every year, it marks the anniversary of the historic Schuman declaration where, in 1950, the French Foreign Minister set out his vision of a new kind of political cooperation which would make war and other conflict between European neighbours unthinkable.
His vision was to create a Europe-wide institution that would pool resources, initially coal and steel, and the treaty that was signed to create this institution less than a year later is widely seen as being the foundation of what later became the European Union.
How are we marking the day?
With the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine it is more important than ever to celebrate the peace, unity, and co-operation that European integration has given those that have taken part in the process.
Local European Movement groups will be marking the day by continuing the tradition of holding a series of community events across the UK including socials, community picnics, events, and more.
You can see a list of the currently confirmed events at the bottom of this page, with more being added all the time.
If you are from one of our local groups then why not get involved this year by hosting a Europe Day event? You could:
- Set up a community picnic in a local park
- Host an event in your place of work or a local community centre
- Organise a social to show solidarity with our European friends and neighbours
- ...or something else. The possibilities are endless.
Don't forget to let us know about the event so that we can add it to this page.
If you aren't from one of our local groups then check the list below, and the map at the top of the page, to see what events might be happening in your area. All events are family friendly, so we encourage you to go along to your local event with your family and friends.