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9 May Europe Day 2021 in Canada

07/05/2021 - 14:06
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To mark Europe Day and the 45th anniversary of the Delegation of the European Union to Canada, join us for a series of activities marking these special occasions this Sunday and throughout the month of May.

Europe Day is celebrated every year on 9 May in recognition of a significant moment in Europe’s history. In a momentous address on 9 May 1950 - known as the Schuman Declaration - French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed a new supranational model for Europe, calling on European nations to unite in the wake of the devastation of Second World War. This visionary idea eventually led to the birth of the European Union as we know it today - a force for peace, unity and cooperation in Europe and beyond.

9 May Europe Day also represents an occasion for European communities around the world to celebrate their cultural roots. From Vancouver to Halifax, Canada is home to vibrant and diverse European communities and Canadians have close ties to Europe through friends and family. These strong people-to-people ties and shared values will remain at the heart of our enduring history of collaboration.

Happy Europe Day!


Celebrating cultural diversity from coast to coast

On 9 May, the Delegation of the European Union to Canada, in collaboration with Canadian partners and the diplomatic and consular networks of EU Member States, is organising a series of flag-raisings and illuminations of landmarks and iconic sites across Canada – in celebration of Europe and Canada’s cultural diversity.

Locations include:

  • Halifax City Hall and Nova Scotia Legislature  
  • La Grande Roue de Montréal
  • Ottawa City Hall
  • Embassy of France, Ottawa
  • Ontario Provincial Legislature
  • Toronto City Hall
  • CN Tower, Toronto
  • Niagara Falls
  • High Level Bridge, Edmonton
  • Provincial House, Victoria  
  • Bloedel Conservatory Vancouver
  • Fitzsimmons Creek Bridge, Whistler

Photos of the illuminations and flag-raisings will posted on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages @EUinCanada and we invite you to share them on your social media channels.


Strategic Partners for a sustainable recovery post-pandemic: Top diplomats from the EU and Canada share a vision for the path forward

Full recovery from the global pandemic hinges on our collective willingness to pull together, follow the science, strengthen our economies, and stay true to our shared values of global solidarity, open and fair trade, diversity, and multilateralism.

Join us on 20 May for a live event with European Union Ambassador to Canada, Dr. Melita Gabrič, and Canadian Ambassador-designate to the European Union, Dr. Ailish Campbell. In a historic first – both Ambassadors are women.

Moderated by Heather Scoffield, Ottawa bureau chief and economics columnist for The Toronto Star. Armchair discussion will address:

  • Sustainable recovery and green transition with a focus on science, innovation and trade
  • Cooperation on health and vaccines
  • Digitalisation of our economies

Canada and the EU have been trusted and reliable partners for more than seven decades and the partnership continues to grow.

 This is an iPoliticsLIVE event in partnership with the Mission of Canada to the European Union in Brussels.

The event gets underway at 9:30 am ET / 3:30 pm CEST on 20 May. Register here



Copernicus: Where art meets science

Explore Canada and Europe from space

We are inviting you to discover Canada and Europe’s spectacular natural beauty through a collection of 24 satellite images captured by Copernicus Sentinels, a photo exhibit especially curated for the 45th anniversary of the Delegation of the European Union to Canada this year.

Named after the illustrious Renaissance-era mathematician and astronomer, Copernicus is the European Union’s signature Earth Observation Programme. Also known as Europe’s eyes on Earth, Copernicus offers vast amounts of global data from satellites and from ground-based, airborne and seaborne measurement systems, with the goal to improve quality of life worldwide.

This special photo exhibition is possible thanks to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space. "Copernicus: Where art meets science" is presented both as a virtual and in-situ experience in several Canadian cities throughout the year.

To explore the virtual exhibit and obtain updates on future exhibit dates and locations, go to


8th annual European Union Short Film Festival 27-29 May

The 8th annual European Union Short Film Festival returns for another Canada-wide virtual edition this year.

We are excited to present a fresh collection of 21 European short films from as many European Union Member States, in collaboration with the Canadian Film Institute, the embassies of EU Member States and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).

Participating countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.

The 8th EUSFF will be available online across Canada from May 27 to May 29. Go to 

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