In 2019, the diplomatic group coordinated Europe Day celebrations in Sydney for the very first time at the NSW state parliament. (Read about it here).
Consul-General of Ireland Owen Feeney says Sydney is a diverse and vibrant city, with long established European communities and many European companies and EU Member States represented.
“The European diplomats in Sydney had a number of initiatives planned to mark Europe Day 2020, including a reception at the state parliament, a round-table with European Studies students at the University of Sydney and a business network event. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus crisis, these activities could not take place as planned.”
"As representatives of the EU Member States, it's important for us to celebrate Europe Day regardless and shine a spotlight on the European Union and what it stands for. That’s why we have come together to share a virtual message of solidarity in our own languages. This solidarity is more important than ever.”
The photo collage message of being "in this together' was shared by the Consulates, Embassies and High Commissions online and via social media on 9 May with the hashtags #EuropeDay and #TogetherweareEUrope.
About Europe Day
Europe Day marks anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 1950 when the French foreign minister Robert Schuman proposed a joint authority to oversee French and German production of coal and steel. This helped to promote common interests between European countries, paving the way for the formation of the European Union.