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Celebrating Europe

03/05/12 16:50 CET

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In this edition of Utalk Leah from Paris asks, “I want to know what Europe Day is on May 9 and what is the purpose and role of the Europe Direct information centres, thank you for your response.”

Hédia Nasraoui, Director, Europe Direct Information Centre of Picardy (France) and Head of the Europe Direct Information Centre, Picardy (France) responds, “May 9 is the anniversary of when the idea for the EU were first put forward, it is the day when everyone in the bloc celebrates the declaration of Robert Schuman. The declaration gave substance to the launch and subsequent building of the EU.

‘The declaration of Robert Shuman said that a united Europe, one entity would not happen at once, it would be done step by step and by solidarity.

‘Each country celebrates May 9 through events that bring together young and old Europeans, and through events which are festive but also educational which explain what the EU is, how it works today.

‘The aims of Europe Direct are to moderate these debates, to inform the public, and to be close to the lives of all our citizens, to celebrate this anniversary which was started and launched in 1985 by the Heads of State and Government.

‘The Europe Direct centres are official centres of information of the European Union, there are nearly 500 in the 27 Member States. Their main aim is to bring Europe closer to its citizens.”

For more information about the EU, call 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 or check out the website: europa.eu/youreurope
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