Brussels, 9 May 2023 (TDI): The European Union is celebrating the 73rd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration on 9th May with the name of Europe Day.

On this day in 1950, French Minister of Foreign Affairs Robert Schuman proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community. The European Coal and Steel Community was the foundation of what we call the European Union today.

French President Emmanuel Macron highlighted the achievements of Europe such as tackling the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Europe’s collective response to Russia after it invaded Ukraine, Joint Recovery Plan to support businesses affected by the pandemic, progress in combating climate change, and fighting disinformation.

The President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola said that in recent months Europe has united in an unprecedented way and it’s time for Europe to look ahead.

Upon the arrival of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Brussels to mark the day she tweeted that as Europe reforms bold solutions and leadership are expected from Germany.

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European Union and its missions across the world are celebrating Europe Day.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that 9th May would be celebrated as Europe Day in Ukraine. The President of the EU Commission Ursula Von der Leyen, is on a visit to Kyiv. Previously 9 May was celebrated as Victory Day in Ukraine, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Soviet Union in World War Two.