On 24th May, the Ambassador of the European Union to Mongolia Mr. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut welcomed guests to the German Embassy in Ulaanbaatar to celebrate the first ever Europe Day in Mongolia, an event that signals the increasing focus that the EU is putting on Mongolia following the successful ASEM summit last year.
Europe Day, also called Schuman Day and usually held on May 9, commemorates the day in 1950 when French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, presented his proposal to create an alliance of European countries and make war between historic rivals France and Germany "not merely unthinkable, but materially impossible". The Schuman Declaration proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), whose members would pool coal and steel production, previously the cause of wars. The ECSC (founding members: France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg) was the first of a series of supranational European institutions that would ultimately become today's "European Union".
Joining the EU ambassador for this special occasion were the ambassadors of EU member states resident in UB, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Munk-Orgil, who expressed his best wishes for the continued success of the European Union. Singers from the State Opera performed the anthems of the EU and Mongolia in a stirring live performance.