Europe Day 2020

Europe Day: 9 May

Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. It commemorates the historical 'Schuman declaration' setting out Robert Schuman’s idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe.

At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

 
Activities of the Institute for European Studies

On Europe Day 2020, the EU institutions want to pay tribute through numerous online activities to the many Europeans who, in a spirit of solidarity, are helping our Union get through the coronavirus crisis. The Institute for European Studies joins them in their wishes and reflects on this crisis, that has impacted every fibre of our societies in significant and unforeseen ways. 

Researchers and experts have the opportunity to see firsthand some of the more immediate impacts which the Coronavirus has had within our areas of expertise and research. As such, they are uniquely positioned to provide key insights into the wide-ranging impacts and consequences of the Coronavirus. Particularly, what these consequences can mean for the future of our societies in the areas of migration, justice, diversity, environment, sustainable development, international security and economy.

You will find here a list of publications and media appearances, relating to COVID-19, produced by the IES researchers and experts in above-mentioned areas.