The European Union has been under attack from populists inside and outside the EU, trying to undermine its achievements and values. That’s why pro-European citizens, civil society, media and politicians are calling for the revitalisation of the European dream and the renewed impulse to the EU integration as the best form of protection for Europeans in the 21st century.
Celebrating Europe Day is part of this counter-offensive by all pro-European political forces to regain the hearts and minds of citizens. This year, ALDE CoR launched a dedicated website that lists useful tips and suggestions in all EU languages for planning future Europe Day celebrations.
This year, Luxembourg became the first EU country to make 9 May an official public holiday. This symbolic event was celebrated in Luxembourg city with the unveiling of a monument of Robert Schuman and festivities in and around the city’s main square. ALDE CoR member Simone Beissel (Vice-Mayor of the City of Luxembourg) and ALDE CoR Vice-President François Decoster (Mayor of Saint-Omer, France) also attended the festivities.
“It’s important to celebrate Europe Day because Europe is at crossroads. We have a peace project since a very long time, but Europe is unfortunately not that well known among younger people. So, populists and ultra-nationalists have it easy to question Europe, to spread nationalism which has led to wars and a catastrophe on this continent. Europe needs to be known, celebrated; it’s our life insurance and our project for the future,” Beissel said.