Europe Day | EUNewsletter

Europe Day

16 July 2010
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Europe Day has become a symbol of the EU together with the flag, the hymn and the single currency. On 9 May 1950 the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman called to put an end to the long-lasting competition between France and Germany and proposed creating a new European organisation, which would guarantee peace. His idea started turning to reality with the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community. In 1985 at the Milan Summit of EU Leaders it was decided to celebrate 9 May as Europe Day. This year, Europe Day and the 60th anniversary of what is now known as the Schuman Declaration were commemorated within the EU and beyond. Armenia also celebrated Europe Day through several festive events.
Official events
A Europe Day reception was held on 6 May at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan and the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Raul de Luzenberger noted that this joint event underlines the strengthening of EU- Armenia cooperation. A musical festival held in museums in Vanadzor, Gyumri and Yerevan on 5-14 May was also dedicated to Europe Day.
Europe Day open air
On 22 May Yerevan celebrated Europe Day with an open air concert dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. The concert brought together music of diverse genres uniting people of all generations. The event aimed at informing the youth in particular about Europe Day and the European values. Among the performers were the bands “Katuner”, “Bambir”, “Empiray” and “Dogma”, as well as Sona Shahgeldyan and Arame. Bringing elated atmosphere on Shahumyan square, the concert was followed by a disco party.

Final chord
The series of events dedicated to Europe Day ended with a night of classical music at the Aram Khachaturian concert hall on 4 June. High-ranking representatives of the diplomatic corps, state officials, international organisations, civil society and the general public were present. The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra performed famours works by European and Armenian composers. In his welcoming speech the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia informed that the negotiations on the EU-Armenia Association Agreement will be launched in the second part of July.

Europe Day

Europe Day has become a symbol of the EU together with the flag, the hymn and the single currency. On 9 May 1950 the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman called to put an end to the long-lasting competition between France and Germany and proposed creating a new European organisation, which would guarantee peace. His idea started turning to reality with the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community. In 1985 at the Milan Summit of EU Leaders it was decided to celebrate 9 May as Europe Day. This year, Europe Day and the 60th anniversary of what is now known as the Schuman Declaration were commemorated within the EU and beyond. Armenia also celebrated Europe Day through several festive events. Official events A Europe Day reception was held on 6 May at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan and the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Raul de Luzenberger noted that this joint event underlines the strengthening of EU- Armenia cooperation. A musical festival held in museums in Vanadzor, Gyumri and Yerevan on 5-14 May was also dedicated to Europe Day. Europe Day open air On 22 May Yerevan celebrated Europe Day with an open air concert dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. The concert brought together music of diverse genres uniting people of all generations. The event aimed at informing the youth in particular about Europe Day and the European values. Among the performers were the bands “Katuner”, “Bambir”, “Empiray” and “Dogma”, as well as Sona Shahgeldyan and Arame. Bringing elated atmosphere on Shahumyan square, the concert was followed by a disco party. Final chord The series of events dedicated to Europe Day ended with a night of classical music at the Aram Khachaturian concert hall on 4 June. High-ranking representatives of the diplomatic corps, state officials, international organisations, civil society and the general public were present. The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra performed famours works by European and Armenian composers. In his welcoming speech the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia informed that the negotiations on the EU-Armenia Association Agreement will be launched in the second part of July.