The Schuman Declaration – 9 May 1950

The Schuman Declaration was presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950. It proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, whose members would pool coal and steel production.

The ECSC (founding members: France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg) was the first of a series of supranational European institutions that would ultimately become today’s “European Union”. Read more

Europe Day

Europe Day, observed on May 9 each year, marks the presentation of the Schuman Declaration in 1950, which proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, the forerunner to the European Union.

What was the idea behind the community?

The idea of the community was that its founding members – France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg – would pool their coal and steel resources and create a common market for them by lifting import and export duties. Read more

Beyond Sustainability 2.0

Dear Filmmakers, 

It is time to submit! The Greenmotions Film Festival is looking for positive, constructive and solution-oriented films about sustainability and environmental issues for our 6th edition! Surprise us with your ideas and submit your work to Greenmotions Film Festival until 30st June 2019.  Read more

‘You can and should do more’ to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech

The polite but passionate plea came from 20-year-old wheelchair-bound Syrian refugee, Nujeen Mustafa, who briefed members in a soft but commanding voice, on the acute vulnerabilities of people with disabilities in conflict, describing how once war began in her home city of Aleppo, she lived with the intense fear that she would be responsible for her own family dying in an airstrike.  Read more

Rebuilding Notre Dame: The next steps for Paris’s famous cathedral


Officials began inspecting the damage of Notre Dame Tuesday. They declared the cathedral structurally sound while identifying “some vulnerabilities,” according to French Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez. Specifically, the vault and gable of the north transept were of concern. Inspectors are also worried about structural damage that may be hidden. Read more

Inspiring young people to become active European citizens

YouthActiv gets young people interested in the EU and what it means for them before they’re even old enough to cast their first vote.

Dr. Foteini Asderaki, Assistant Professor of the Department of International and European Studies in the University of Piraeus, explains the idea behind YouthActiv, a series of workshops and seminars designed to show young people the importance of the EU: Read more