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70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

We should remember that 9 May ...

... is Europe Day. It concerns all the citizens of the European Union as it celebrates the declaration made by Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950. On that day, five years after the end of the Second World War, the French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Robert Schuman, proposed to Germany and other countries the creation of a European organisation whose purpose would be to pool coal and steel production. He thus launched the founding call for the construction of Europe and the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). At the Milan European Council in 1985, the Heads of State and Government decided to establish 9 May as "Europe Day". It has been remembered every year since 1986.

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Robert Schuman's text of 9 May 1950

is available in 23 languages on the Foundation's website.


Who was

Robert Schuman ?

One of Europe's Founding Fathers

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Consult the document regarding the Founding Fathers of Europe

Consult Jacques Rigaud's text: « 18 years in 1950: the European destiny of a generation »

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Digital Europe Week in Moselle


The Department of Moselle, Robert Schuman's homeland, is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration in digital form. The entire programme is organised online on different channels of the Département de la Moselle et de la Maison de Robert Schuman and on the Facebook page of the Centre européen Robert Schuman.

On the programme: on 9 May, a concert including the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th symphony: reading of the Schuman Declaration on 9 May at 5 p.m. by the Eur(h)ope collective, comprising actors and musicians: screening of the film "Robert Schuman, l'Europe en Héritage", directed by Patrick Basso, and virtual exhibitions presented from 7 May onwards.


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A bibliography relating to Robert Schuman

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History of a treaty

This film is a retrospective of the events that marked the creation (1951) and the early years of the Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). It also describes the functioning of the ECSC institutions: High Authority and Court of Justice. In particular, it includes an extract from the speech given by Robert SCHUMAN on 9 May 1950 proposing the creation of the ECSC, the signing of the Treaty in Paris on 18 April 1951, the speeches given by Jean MONNET on 10 August 1952 at the inauguration of the ECSC High Authority and on 30 April 1953, on the eve of the opening of the European common market for steel and coal. (USIS Fund)


Director : Wronecki, Daniel

Author of the pre-existing music: Dvorák, Antonin

Participants : Monnet, Jean ; Schuman, Robert

Documentary on Robert Schuman's declaration - The Birth of Europe

On 9 May 1950 in the Salon de l'Horloge, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Robert Schuman launched, in a now famous declaration, the founding call for the construction of Europe. This declaration announces the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). The EPP television channel produced a documentary on the declaration made on 9 May 1950 by Robert Schuman in which Jacques-René Rabier recounts this historic day.