The European Union (EU) is celebrating Europe Day for the 34th time on May 9. The date for Europe Day goes back to the laying of the foundation stone for today’s EU – the so-called Schuman Declaration. On 9 May 1950, the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented a proposal for a United Europe as an indispensable prerequisite for maintaining peaceful relations.
Today, 9 May has become a European symbol which, together with the single currency, the European flag and the European anthem, represents the unity of the EU. For more than 30 years, events and festivities have been held throughout the EU on Europe Day to bring Europe closer to the people.
2020 is an exceptional year. The consequences of the Corona crisis have meant that national borders in Europe and worldwide have been closed within a very short time. Public events and celebrations are currently not possible, personal encounters, both local and international, are restricted or not in sight for the time being. The question of solidarity within and outside of Europe is becoming more pressing. We will have to look for new ways of maintaining and mediating international partnerships and initiating encounters.
A look at our European neighbours
In order to think about each other and look ahead despite the current obstacles, the project takes a look at our European neighbours on the occasion of Europe Day 2020. The Hanoverian artist and activist Jasmin Mittag asked people in the European Twin Cities of the State Capital Hanover how they feel about the current situation and what they would like to see for Europe in the long term.
It is to be hoped that Europe Week 2021 can once again be celebrated with public events taking place around Europe Day on 9 May. In the future, the festivities and activities are to be further expanded. In Hanover, they are part of the concept for the application for the European Capital of Culture 2025, for which the motto is “Here now, all for Europe!”.