Europe Day on 9 May is the occasion to celebrate peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the 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.
Sixty-nine years ago today, French Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Schuman proposed a joint authority to oversee French and German production of coal and steel, after two devastating World Wars. Old enemies became partners and allies. This decision changed the course of European history, and started an ambitious and remarkable project of European integration. The European Union is a living and successful project of peace, partnership, shared values and solidarity, within and outside our borders.