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

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Conference on the Future of Europe

Future of Europe

The Conference on the Future of Europe closes on 9 May 2022 in Strasbourg with the presentation of its final report to the Presidents of the European Parliament, Council and Commission.

The Conference, launched on 9 May 2021, gave a voice to Europe's citizens to reflect on how the Union can tackle challenges in a number of areas including health, the environment and social justice. Citizens' proposals were collected on a multilingual participatory platform and in multiple meetings and workshops across Europe. They were debated and shaped in thematic panels and plenary sessions involving representatives of European, national and local institutions.


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A bibliography relating to 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

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.