Celebrate Europe Day!

On the 9 May 1950, the Schuman Declaration lay the foundation for the future European Union and on 9 May every year, Europe Day celebrates the visionaires and the thinkers who foresaw a Europe unified under a single supranational community devoid of strife and dedicated to cooperation and mutual support.

Europe in the 1950s was in a dire state economically - the end of World War II saw massive devastation and recovery to pre-war levels would be slow. The spirit of Europe and its citizens was also sapped - the uncertainty of World War II was replaced with the uncertainty of the looming Cold War and the growing divide of the Iron Curtain. Robert Schuman, French Foreign Minister at the time, saw the need to reinvigorate the European spirit and to provide for a future where war between European countries would be made obsolete.

Alongside Jean Monnet and Bernard Clappier, Schuman drafted the Schuman Declaration which lay the groundwork for Franco-German reconcillation and for the European Coal and Steel Community stated that the "contribution which an organized and living Europe can bring to civilization is indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations."

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.

For more info on Europe day please click here.
You may find the original text of the Schuman Declaration here.