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The Singing Molenbeek Choir perform in the hemicycle of the European Parliament during the opening ceremony of the European Union Open Day.

Europe Day: The EU opens its doors to the public

The European Union's institutions opened to the public ahead of Europe Day on 9 May.

Visitors were allowed to attend the open day for the first time in two years due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Every year, Europe Day celebrates the achievements of Europe and the signing of the Schuman Declaration on 9 May 1950, which aimed to secure long-term peace in post-war Europe. 

This year, the Ukrainian flag flew alongside the EU flag in Brussels as a symbol of solidarity with Ukraine as it battles a Russian invasion.