9th May is Europe Day. It involves all of the citizens of the EU because it celebrates the declaration delivered on 9th May 1950 by Robert Schuman. On that day five years after the end of the Second World War French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made the initial appeal for the construction of Europe. This declaration announced the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). During the European Council in Milan in 1985 the heads of State and government decided to set 9th May as "Europe Day". Celebrated each year since 1986, Europe Day is the occasion for events and celebrations that draws Europe closer to its citizens.
The Robert Schuman Declaration text
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An assembly of topical documents - this film is a retrospective of the events which marked the creation (1951) and the first years of the Community of Steel and Coal (ECSC). It also describes how the ECSC was run: the High Authority and the Court of Justice. It also includes an excerpt from the speech given by Robert Schuman on 9th May 1950 when he suggested the creation of the ECSC, the signature of the treaty in Paris on 18th April 1951, the speeches delivered by Jean Monnet on 10th August 1952 during the inauguration of the High Authority of the ECSC, and on 30th April 1953 on the eve of the opening of the Economic Community of Steel and Coal (ECSC). (USIS)
Composer of music (already in existence):
Monnet, Jean ; Schuman, Robert
On 9th May in the Salon de l'Horloge, in a declaration that is now famous, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman launched the founding appeal for European integration. This declaration announced the creation of the European Community of Steel and Coal (ECSC). The EPP's TV channel produced a documentary on the declaration made on 9th May 1950 by Robert Schuman in which Jacques-René Rabier, now 93 years old tells his story of this historic day.
Producer and co-producer:
Les Actualités Françaises
Paris: at the Quai d'Orsay - Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Mr Robert Schuman and the five delegates representing the member countries have signed the "Schuman Plan" thereby creating the Economic Community of Steel and Coal.
Producer or co-producer:
Les Actualités Françaises
Van Zeeland, Paul ; Sforza, Carlo ; Schuman, Robert ; Adenauer, Konrad ; Bech, Joseph
May 9, 2012: events calendar
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