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From coast to coast: Europe Day 2019 in Canada

24/05/2019 - 20:51
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The Delegation of the European Union to Canada is hosting a series of activities throughout the month of May to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the historic Schuman Declaration – Europe Day. On 8 May 2019, EU Ambassador Peteris Ustubs and Ms. Anna Ustuba hosted a reception at the National Arts Centre in the presence of guest speaker the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions. The reception was followed by flag-raising ceremonies in Toronto and Halifax on 9 May. The European Union flag will also be raised at Ottawa City Hall.

Celebrations also include the 6th annual EU Short Film Festival, organized in collaboration with the European Union National Institutes for Culture/Ottawa chapter (EUNIC Ottawa), the Diplomatic Missions of participating EU Member States and the Canadian Film Institute. This year, the festival is making its debut in Vancouver 23-25 May and in Winnipeg 28-30 June, festivals organized with the support of the Vancouver Cinematheque and the Winnipeg Film Coop.

Also as part of Europe Day celebrations, the EU Delegation and EU Member States are joining the 5K Ottawa Run on 25 May and are hosting a day-long cultural fair at Lansdowne Park on May 26.


About Europe Day

Europe Day is celebrated every year on 9 May. On 9 May 1950, French foreign minister Robert Schuman made his famous Declaration calling for a joint authority to oversee French and German production of coal and steel, in effect launching an ambitious project of unity and peace that led to the European Union of today.


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