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Europe Day 2020: Together we are Europe

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Europe Day on 9 May is an occasion to celebrate peace and unity in Europe.

Each year, the EU institutions in Brussels open their doors to the public for celebrations and activities, while EU Delegations around the world organise events throughout the whole month of May. Due to the Coronavirus crisis, there will be no open doors events in Brussels or in the Delegations to celebrate Europe Day this year. The ongoing crisis leaves no room for social gatherings, and our thoughts go out to all those who are fighting against the virus or suffering because of it.

However, we will still be marking this day, especially since this year we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration - a powerful statement made by the French foreign minister Robert Schuman who initiated the process of European integration.

The European Union is stronger together, and together we will overcome this crisis. It is this message of unity and solidarity that we want to convey with the range of activities that we and our Delegations around the world have prepared for you.

Join us from home and immerse yourself in hours of culture, information, entertainment and more. Sit back, enjoy and keep safe!


Messages from HR/VP Josep Borrell and SG Helga Schmid

Video Message of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell on the occassion of Europe Day 2020 and the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

HRVP Josep Borrell on Europe Day

08/05/2020 - On 9 May, we mark Europe Day. The 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration offers a chance to reflect on what European integration means and on the EU’s role in the world. I want to use this blog post to do this from a personal angle, to set out why Europe as an idea and political project is worth defending.

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This Europe Day is like no other. Across Europe and around the world we are stuck in confinement, isolated behind closed borders, in homes behind closed doors. And yet in this we are together like never before. Together in our struggles – both of the daily-challenges variety and in our fears, hopes and dreams. Together in our solidarity for each other, with communities pulling together, and friendships and partnerships formed or renewed around the world as distance loses its meaning. Together in our shared feeling of concern for the sick and bereaved and in our admiration and gratitude to those on the front line saving lives and bringing us essential services, often at great risk to themselves.

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09/05/2020 Online, Kyrgyzstan

This masterpiece was performed on Kyrgyz instruments by the talented artists of the folk ensemble Muras on the occasion of Europe Day. Music and talent have no borders!

09/05/2020 Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan

Kazakh ethno rock band Ulytau joins global campaign on Europe Day celebrations by performing their famous music piece Jumyr-Kylysh. Ulytau's works are a fusion of Western and Oriental style music, and have been performed in many places abroad, including Europe.

09/05/2020 - 08/06/2020 Online, Zambia

Remarkable rendition of 'Ode to Joy' by Zambian artists



08/05/2020 Tokyo, Japan

Celebrating Europe Day, Japanese jazz pianist George Nagata performs the European Anthem “Ode to Joy” at his home under the Stay-at-Home regime.

09/05/2020 Delegation of the European Union to Côte d'Ivoire, Côte d’Ivoire

De chez nous, célébrons ensemble la Journée de l'Europe!

09/05/2020 Delegation of the EU to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Nigeria

On the occasion of Europe Day 2020, Chineze Okeke gives a performance on EU Solidarity.

09/05/2020 Online, India

The EU and India have come together to celebrate Europe Day through a special rendition of the European anthem "Ode to Joy". 

09/05/2020 Singapore, Singapore

For Europe Day 2020, we reach out to Singapore Symphony Orchestra's violinist, Chan Yoong-Han from home.

09/05/2020 Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Hino da Alegria pelas Vozes de Katia Guerreiro e Eneida Marta

07/05/2020 Canberra, Australia

Canberra-based musicians Imogen Thompson and Helena Popvic from the 'Dooring Street Quartet' perform a special rendition of the European Union anthem 'Ode to Joy' to celebrate Europe Day 2020.

09/05/2020 Brussels, Belgium

Well-known European orchestras and choirs have shared the videos of their beautiful performances to celebrate Europe Day, spreading a message of solidarity, unity and peace.

06/05/2020 Praia, Cape Verde

STREAMED concert by the EU Delegation with bands from Cabo Verde, South Africa and Europe

05/05/2020 - 09/05/2020 Jakarta, Indonesia

Europe Day 2020 Online Concert: NusantEro Big Band

04/05/2020 - 10/05/2020 Online, Albania

18 international artists in 7 days, 0 tickets to buy and lots of fun! The European Union Delegation in Tirana proudly presents a special programme to celebrate Europe Week 2020.

10/05/2020 Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The Full Concert of the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony played during the Europe Day in 2019 by the Uzbekistan Youth Symphonic Orchestra. The Concert was devoted to the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between European Union and Uzbekistan.

08/05/2020 Vienna, Austria

One hour LIVE STREAM event with a unique production of 9 Artists performing for 9 Minutes the 9th of Beethoven on the 9th May. It will be an orchestration of an artistic relay race performing the 9th Symphony by 9 Artists in changing circles. Every artist will perform one after the other in continuation the Ode of Joy. Every artist, from different EU Member States, will be from a different genre in music from classical to pop, jazz, rap, etc. The production is an unique piece of performing the European Anthem which is brought for the first time as an artistic relay race, symbolising the circulation, solidarity, creativity within the European Union. Also part of this performance will be a sign language interpreter.


31/05/2020 Caracas, Venezuela

La Delegación de la UE en Venezuela, lanza este concurso de fotografía para aficionados. Consulta las bases de la convocatoria para conocer cómo participar.

05/05/2020 - 12/06/2020 De Ahuachapán a La Unión, El Salvador


El Día de Europa también es la oportunidad para mostrar los aportes de la UE en materia de sostenibilidad ambiental por medio del Pacto Verde Europeo, la estrategia para mejorar la relación del ser humano con el planeta y hacerlo un lugar más verde y amigable. En este marco, la UE convoca al "Concurso de Cómic y Novela Gráfica "Europa Coopera 2020: El Salvador en Verde"

18/05/2020 - 30/05/2020 Tashkent , Uzbekistan

This online art exhibition (, was launched on May 17, right after the period of strict quarantine, is response of the EU Delegation in Uzbekistan to extraordinary circumstances. In times, when museums and galleries are closed, we transformed the original idea of physical exhibition to a digital one.


18/05/2020 - 18/06/2020 Mexico, Mexico

Del 18 de mayo al 18 de junio podrás disfrutar de siete largometrajes y ocho cortometrajes desde casa y de manera totalmente gratuita. ¡Regístrate antes del 11 de mayo! Cupo limitado.

18/05/2020 - 18/06/2020 De Ahuachapán hasta La Unión, El Salvador


¡No te pierdas la IX edición del Festival de Cine Europeo! En este Mes de Europa puedes disfrutarlo desde casa.

Podrás ver 12 largometrajes y 8 cortos europeos totalmente gratis, previa reserva de tu entrada. Regístrate en nuestra taquilla virtual en el siguiente enlace: y obtén tu boleto de acceso. Tienes del 4 al 11 de mayo.

Las películas estarán disponibles del 18 de mayo al 18 de junio y podrás disfrutar de ellas a cualquier hora y cualquier día de la semana



Únete a este webinar con motivo del 70 aniversario de la Declaración Schuman

Webinar Series organised by the EU Delegation to Indonesia: Study in Europe and Scholarships Information Day 2020

What is it like being an EU ambassador? What are the main challenges for a diplomat? What does the EU do in countries outside our borders?

The European Union Centre at RMIT together with the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA), will host a free online panel discussion on the EU's response to COVID-19 and a vision for a more democratic, equitable, greener and prosperous Europe.

Q&A with the EU Ambassador to ASEAN


Africa Day - Togetherness

May is the month when both continents celebrate their birthdays: the EU on 9 May and Africa on 25 May. On the occasion of Africa Freedom Day, we are uniting with our Zambian friends and partners in African rhythm and sharing our love for Africa with ‘Simpatico’!

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A message from the Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alica Barcena, for Europe Day and the 70 years of the Schuman Declaration.

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On the occasion of Europe Day 2020, the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, together with EU Member States organised a unique concert performed by the Moldovan National Youth Orchestra and La La Play Voices. The intiative took place with the messages: Europe at your home! Stronger together! Solidarity for health!

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The European Union celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration which led its establishment

El Embajador de la Unión Europea, Gianluca Grippa y el Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de la República Dominicana, Miguel Vargas celebran el Día de Europa junto a la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil.

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Europe Day video address by EU Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Michael Matthiessen, followed by virtual toast with all Ambassadors of Member States

National and EU flags were hoisted on 9 May in front of one of the main hospitals in Skopje in honour of doctors and nurses who work tirelessly fighting the coronavirus. The solidarity they represent and the solidarity the EU extended to the country and the region made the motto of the marking of Europe Day this year. And the creativity of participants in the programme helped the citizens to stay together in distance and celebrate Europe in different circumstances!

Europe Day Kosovo

Concerts, student debates and expressions of the solidarity between the EU and the region – these were some of the highlights when EU Delegations across the region on 9 May celebrated Europe Day and the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s events dominantly moved online, creating new opportunities for taking part in the vast offer of activities.

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Light projections and European flags marked Europe day in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

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Zambia has a month full of virtual activities planned for your enjoyment, from Europe Day messages by Dignitaries to music, movies, cooking and more!

In Celebration of Europe Day, the EU Flag draped Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s Headquarters, one of the UAE capital’s tallest skyscrapers.

Europe Day is celebrated on 9 May every year, to mark peace, solidarity and unity in Europe. This year we mark the 70th anniversary of the historical 'Schuman Declaration'.

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IMAGINE Euro Tolerance festival was created in 2017 to celebrate diversity, tolerance and multi culturalism. Supported by the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, the Embassies of EU Member States and in partnership with a large number of local institutions. This year despite COVID-19, the EU Delegation decided not to cancel the well beloved IMAGINE Festival. Therefore, for the first time, IMAGINE Euro Tolerance Festival 2020 went digital and online.

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EU Ambassador to the UK, João Vale de Almeida delivers a message for Europe Day

EU Ambassador Tom Vens brings a message of solidarity and a message of thanks to the medical and healthcare profession in Sierra Leone as we fight the coronavirus pandemic together.

45 years of cooperation with Tanzania

Los Embajadores de los Estados Miembros de la Unión Europea acreditados en México se unen a la celebración del Día de Europa 2020 y en este video nos comparten qué significa para ellos la UE.

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EU Ambassador to Ghana, Diana Acconcia gives a message for Europe Day

The EU, its Member States, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are coming together in a Team Europe response to assist Georgia especially during the Covid crisis.

The observance of Europe Day reminds us of the ideals on which the European Union was built: cooperation, solidarity, development and of course, peace.

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La Delegación de la Unión Europea en Guatemala del 1 al 31 de mayo realizará diversas actividades con el fin de promover y compartir la cultura europea con los guatemaltecos para celebrar el 9 de Mayo, Día de Europa. Este año por la situación actual de la pandemia la Unión Europea celebrará de manera digital por medio de redes sociales, sus eventos promoviendo el arte, la música, la cocina europea y la solidadaridad europea que es lo que caracteriza a la Unión Europea.

We work for human security towards a safer world! Let us celebrate together! Congratulations EU!

The Ambassadors at the opening of the Delegation in February

EU Ambassador, João Vale de Almeida, and all the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the EU 27 member states in London marked Europe Day with a joint article in the Guardian. “The United Kingdom made a significant contribution to European achievements before and during its 47 years of membership of the EU. It is thus only natural for us to celebrate Europe Day also with the British people, its workers and entrepreneurs, its researchers, its teachers and scholars, its artists, its farmers and fishermen, its doctors and nurses”, they wrote.

Europe Day 2020 greetings by EU Ambassadors in Jakarta and H.E. Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia

9 May 2020 - Europe Day - we will celebrate a historic European milestone that made the EU what it is today: 70 years of the Schuman Declaration. Stay tuned for special Europe Day events throughout May to enjoy from home!


This year the traditional EU Projects Fair held every year during the Europe Day celebrations at the EU Delegation goes ONLINE!

La Delegación de la Unión Europea en Ecuador conmemora el próximo 9 de Mayo el 70 aniversario de la Declaración Schuman, que dio origen a la creación de la Unión Europea. Este proyecto de unidad, paz y desarrollo será recordado en Ecuador con una serie de actividades culturales e informativas que, debido a la emergencia sanitaria por el Covid-19, serán adaptadas a las plataformas digitales.

Tomorrow we will be celebrating “Europe Day”. The day is all about peace and solidarity and marks the anniversary of the historical  'Schuman Declaration’. Visit us online all week to learn more about our European Union partnership with Tanzania.

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While the Covid-19 pandemic does not allow physical gatherings on Europe Day like in the previous years, it certainly gives us the reason to celebrate 9 May louder than ever. North Macedonia brings music, art, debates and more, to your door!

This year, the EU Delegation to Namibia celebrates Europe Day with an online quiz. Stay tuned on the social media pages of the Delegation : Facebook - DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO NAMIBIA; Instagram - EUinNam; Twitter - @EU2Namibia

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Every year we celebrate May 9, the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, as the founding moment of what is known today to be the European Union. It was precisely 70 years ago, merely 5 years after the horrors of the most devastating war in human history, World War II, had ended, that the Schuman Declaration proposed the creation of an integrated Europe that makes new wars on the continent "not merely unthinkable but also materially impossible". Europe Day has been ever since the celebration of peace and unity in Europe, the emergence of a community of states based on shared values and strongly intertwined interests.

Message from Barbara Plinkert, European Union Ambassador to Singapore

Sydney-based Consuls representing 18 European Union Member States have come together to mark Europe Day 2020 online.

Se acerca el 9 de mayo y, con él, la celebración del día fundacional de la Unión Europea, fecha proclamada como tal en honor a la Declaración Schuman adoptada ese día de 1950, y que precisamente en esta ocasión cumple siete décadas.
Este año, dada la compleja situación epidemiológica provocada por la COVID-19, han sido canceladas o pospuestas las actividades públicas que usualmente se planifican para celebrar el Día de Europa en todo el mundo.

On Europe Week 2020 European Union in Kosovo will present numerous online activities, on social media and the website, starting on Europe Day, 9 May, with a message by the Head of EU Office/EU Special Representative, Ambassador Nataliya Apostolova.

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To mark Europe Day 2020, the EU Delegation in the Philippines has various online activities coming up throughout the month of May and beyond.

For several months now, Europe has been experiencing major challenges linked to the coronavirus pandemic. As many European heads of government and public figures have pointed out, Europe is experiencing the most serious economic and health crisis since the end of the Second World War. The date of 9 May, Europe Day since 1986, therefore has a special meaning in this context, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration in unprecedented circumstances.

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A star and moon gazing event that will give the chance to those interested in Astronomy to rediscover the wonders of the celestial bodies through the presentations and telescopes of astronomers from the EU and the Philippines.

El 9 de mayo se celebra el Día de Europa y este 2020 conmemoramos el 70 Aniversario de la Declaración Schuman. Conoce todas las actividades y contenido que hemos preparado durante el mes de mayo #MesDeEuropa.

On the very special occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, a major event which is a part of the history of the European integration, the European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan, in partnership with the Embassies of the EU Member States is happy to announce the conduct of the 4th IMAGINE Euro Tolerance Festival 2020, which for the first time will be in digital format.

This Saturday 9 May the EU Delegation in Ankara is pleased to invite you to a special online event.


Creative Europe provides support to European cultural and audiovisual sectors. The initiative continues to move forward even in times of the Coronavirus outbreak that is affecting all aspects of our lives. Check out what is new online, around Europe Day and beyond.

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This Saturday 9 May is Europe Day and marks the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, the founding moment of today's European Union.

Europe Day, held on 9 May every year, celebrates peace, solidarity and unity in Europe. It marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable. This year, against the background of a global health crisis, international partnerships and global solidarity makes more sense than ever.

On 9 May 2020 - Europe Day - we will celebrate a historic European milestone that made the EU what it is today: 70 years of the Schuman Declaration. Stay tuned for special Europe Day events throughout May to enjoy from home!

Alegria en Casa

En su 250 aniversario, Beethoven nos recuerda que la alegría sigue siendo posible, a pesar de las dificultades que vivimos en estos tiempos. La música nos permite estar #UnidosEnLaDistancia y por eso te invitamos a asumir el gran reto #AlegriaEnCasa


Música, cine, conversatorios, una feria educativa, un concurso de fotografía y paseos culturales virtuales son algunas de las actividades que integran la programación del "Mes de Europa" promovida por la Delegación de la Unión Europea en Venezuela, y cuyo punto central es el día 9 de Mayo, Día de Europa, cuando se conmemora el 70 aniversario de la Declaración Schuman que dio origen a la creación de la UE.

Empire State Building in blue and yellow for Europe Day

On Saturday, 9 May 2020, New Yorkers will, for the 12th year in a row, be able to see the Empire State Building tower lighting up the sky in blue and yellow.

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