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Europe Day 2013

On 9th May, Europe is celebrating the 63rd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. Sixty-three years ago, on 9 May 1950, the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made the first move towards the creation of what we now know as the European Union. He read a declaration to the international press in Paris, calling on France, Germany and other European countries to pool their coal and steel production as "the first concrete foundation of a European federation".

It is remarkable that only five years after the end of the most dreadful conflict in Europe, the Second World War, he proposed the creation of a supranational European institution, to take charge of the coal and steel industry, the very sector which had made the war possible. The countries which he called upon had almost destroyed each other, and reconciliation was a brave thing to imagine at that time. 9th May became Europe Day in 1985, with many public manifestations in Member States to celebrate European achievements.

Traditionally, the European Commission, along with the other EU institutions, will organise and participate in various activities in regards to Europe Day celebration. As a part of Europe Day celebrations, Mr Stefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy will attend the Conference ‘’Croatia: Welcome to the European Union!’’ in Prague on 9 May 2013 and will deliver a speech as part of its Seminar entitled ’What Croatia brings to the EU and what the EU brings to Croatia’’.

SEECEL joins other European citizens in celebrating the pioneers who saw an opportunity during some of Europe's toughest moments to create a better future through a unified and solidary Europe. Although they might not be so in name, their attitudes and foresight reflect the qualities of a true entrepreneur.

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