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May 9th is Europe Day – Free Citizenship Teaching Resources

Monday 9th May 2011

On May 9th, 1950, the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman offered a proposal for the creation of an organised Europe in order to share the production of steel and coal production between Germany and France. This would also mean that the military power of the two countries would also be controlled by the regulatory institution, overriding the individual nations, and would prevent a devastating war between the two countries in Europe from happening again. It was known as the “Schuman declaration” and has become known as the start of the creation of the European Union. In order to preserve peace between all the nations in Europe, the European Union was formed, and today it has a different aim which is to preserve the peace, identity and respect the freedom of every person who lives on the continent.

In 1985 EU leaders decided that May 9th would become Europe Day. The European symbols of the Union are the flag, the anthem, the motto and the euro. The flag is blue with twelve golden starts, the euro is the single currency used in all European Union nations and the anthem is the prelude to "Ode to Joy" of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Europe Day is an annual event and opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the union and to remind us of its aims, which are solidarity, citizenship, peace, freedom and prosperity.

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