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.
After reading our special page do you now know everything about 9th May?
Listen the European anthem:
Robert Schuman's declaration on 9th May
Consult the manual of the Declaration of 9 May 1950
Robert Schuman ?
one of the Founder Fathers of Europe
Consult the full biography of Robert Schuman
Consult the page the "Founder Fathers of Europe"
See the text of Jacques Rigaud : « 18 in 1950: the European fortune of an entire generation »
History of a Treaty
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)
Director : Wronecki, Daniel
Composer of music (already in existence) : Dvorák, Antonin
Participants : Monnet, Jean ; Schuman, Robert
Documentary on the Robert Schuman Declaration - The Birth of Europe
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.