fondation robert Schuman
fondation robert Schuman

Celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

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What do we celebrate on 9th May?

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.


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Listen the European anthem:


Robert Schuman's declaration on 9th May

is available in 23 languages of the Union on the Foundation's site

Consult the manual of the Declaration of 9 May 1950


Who was

Robert Schuman ?

one of the Founding Fathers of Europe

Consult the full biography of Robert Schuman

Consult the page the "Founding Fathers of Europe"

See the text of Jacques Rigaud : « 18 in 1950: the European fortune of an entire generation »

pour l'europe
pour l'europe


Order the only book by Robert Schuman : « For Europe » :

in French

in English

in German

Bibliography on Robert Schuman

Robert Schuman. Du Lorrain des frontières au père de l'Europe.

Robert Schuman, homme d'État

Robert Schuman
Père de l'Europe

Robert Schuman
Père de l'Europe

La vie et l'oeuvre de Robert Schuman

De la déclaration Schuman à Pour l'Europe

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

Music composer (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.