This year, we mark the 71st anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration'. The declaration traces back to 9 May 1950 in Paris, when the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman set out in a speech his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between European nations unthinkable. This was the beginning of a peace project that ultimately led to the creation of the European Union (EU) as we know it today and every year on 9 May we celebrate this date as 'Europe Day'.
Every year on 9 May, the EU institutions in Europe, as well as its delegations and offices all over the world organise a variety of activities for all ages to celebrate Europe Day and raise awareness of the EU.
This year’s celebrations come amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with the social distancing measures, online events will replace “traditional” Europe Day celebrations. We may not be able to share physical spaces, but we can still be together virtually.
Happy Europe Day 2021!
8 May - FACEBOOK
Launch of Digital Quiz "Together We Are Europe”:
Everything about the EU you thought you didn’t know!
From the EU in the world and its history to what it has in store for the future.
9 May - FACEBOOK
Video message from EU Ambassador Andrew Jacobs to mark Europe Day 2021 in Timor-Leste.
9 May - FACEBOOK - starting 9am
Launch of local quiz competition about the European Union: The first five people who provide the right answer will be awarded with EU branded gifts and complimentary internet cards.
9 May - FACEBOOK - after 12pm
Two video messages from EU HQ to mark EU Day 2021:
“EU in the world” and “Greetings from the 27 EU Foreign Ministers”
Produced by the European External Action Service EEAS, in partnership with the EU Commission, the EU Council and the EU Parliament.
9 May - FACEBOOK - 5pm
Live chat with six EU Ambassadors from the Asia Pacific Region:
9 May - ONLINE
To get the link to the films please consult the Facebook page of either the European Union in Timor-Leste or the Portuguese Cultural Center: “União Europeia em Timor Leste” “Centro Cultural Português- Dili”
Launch of Film Festival: “Visões da Europa no Feminino” – “A feminine look into Europe”:
1. Extinction, by Salomé Lamas, 80 ’(2017) - 9 May
2. Entre Leiras, Cláudia Ribeiro, 88 ’(2020) – 16 May
3. Field Notes, by Catarina Botelho, 47 ’(2017) - 23 May
4. Avenida Almirante Reis in three movements, by Renata Sancho, 66 ’(2018) – 30 May
5. Dreamocracy, by Raquel Freire and Valérie Mitteaux, 80 '(2014) - 6 June
6. Mar, by Margarida Gil, 103 ’(2018) – 10 June
This film festival is offered by Portugal who chairs the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2021, succeeding Germany and preceding Slovenia.
One of the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency in the cultural area and in the context of gender equality is to give a stage to the work developed by women artists.
In this context, the Portuguese Embassy in Dili and Camões - Centro Cultural Português - prepared an online European film festival with films that were produced exclusively by women, in an industry where the works developed by women are still less known.
The Festival will start on Sunday 9th of May, Europe Day, ending on the 10th of June, Portugal National Day. Each movie will be aired on a Sunday and will be available for a week.
9 May - GMNTV - 10am
The GMNTV “Dader Kmanek” morning show will feature an interview with EU Ambassador Andrew Jacobs and a visual presentation on the European Union.