On the occasion of Europe Day 2020, the EU marks the 70th anniversary of this declaration. Today, with 27 Member States and almost 446 million people.
Europe Day is marked on May 9 every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historic ‘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.
The theme of Europe Day 2020, is Stronger Together, concerning the coronavirus crisis throughout the world.
President of European Council, Charles Michel shared a video of Twitter captioned as, “On #EuropeDay, let’s never forget….Europe is YOU, it’s US, it’s all of us TOGETHER. UNITY is what makes up stronger”.
On #EuropeDay, let’s never forget…
Europe is YOU, it’s US, it’s all of us TOGETHER. UNITY is what makes us stronger.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) May 9, 2020
To mark 9 May, Europe Day EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell has issued a statement:
“Today, exactly 70 years ago a new vision for Europe was presented, that would put an end to wars and conflict in favor of cooperation and peace. It may have sounded utopic at the time, but has since become a reality through the creation and building of the European Union.
“Unfortunately, this year we cannot mark Europe Day together, as in previous years, because of the pandemic. Georgia has in many respects done better than others in tackling this challenge – thanks to strong political resolve, the support of a truly professional healthcare team, and a dedicated population. Still, we recognize the hardships currently experienced by so many Georgians, whether for health or economic reasons. My thoughts go out to all those who are suffering today.
“It is in times of crises when you need your partners and friends the most: it is said that “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. I am therefore proud to say that the European Union, its Member States, and financial institutions, have stepped up to this challenge as Team Europe, sending a strong message that our friendship goes beyond words. That we are friends indeed. Through hard work and political will, we have managed to mobilize an unprecedented 1.5 billion GEL to help Georgia getting through the current health crisis, and standing better prepared to tackle the economic and social challenges ahead.
“Georgia – where hospitality and solidarity are deeply ingrained in the national identity – knows how to value a friend. Let me thank you for the kind expressions of compassion that our Member States and citizens have received from Georgia over recent weeks.
“This is going to be a tough year for Europe, and a tough year for Georgia – but together we are stronger and together we will prevail.
“Take care of your beautiful country and take care of each other! Happy Europe Day!“