In select cafes in 27 European capitals, the current Austrian EU presidency has been hosting discussions promoting the Union’s accomplishments.
It was to celebrate Europe Day.
All the EU member states organised festivities, although it has been almost a year now since the European draft constitution was rejected in French and Dutch referendums.
The ninth of May marks the day in 1950 that a speech by French statesman Robert Schuman ushered in the era of European communal construction.
The date was later chosen as the EU’s symbolic birthday.
But in spite of impressive line-ups of experts and dignitaries, and well-meant local participation all over the bloc, the EU’s leaders signalled that
negotiations on its constitution could only begin to build up momentum again later in May next year, after elections in the Netherlands and France.