On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister at the time, gave a memorable speech making the case for a new model of political and economic cooperation for Europe. Each year, the EU institutions celebrate this by organising activities on or near 9th May, the anniversary date of the Schuman Declaration.
Forty years ago the EU made a commitment to Malawi to help in reducing poverty and support sustainable development. Since that time we have seen Malawi changing. It has established a multiparty democracy and sustained peace both internally and with its neighbours. It has made progress in a number of areas of human development. The EU has been a partner on your way to progress.