Tomorrow, on the 9 May 2024 the delegation of the European Union celebrates ‘Europe Day in Bangkok with representatives of the EU states, their commerce offices as well as with the government of Thailand.

It will be 60 years since the Europe Day held on 9 May every year was kicked of celebrating peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historic ‘ Schuman declaration ‘ that set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

The first recognition of Europe Day was by the Council of Europe, introduced in 1964. The European Union later started to celebrate its own European Day in commemoration of the 9 May 1950 Schuman Declaration which first proposed the European Coal and Steel Community, leading it to be referred to by some as “Schuman Day” or “Day of the united Europe”. Both days are celebrated by displaying the Flag of Europe.

The Schuman Declaration was made by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman on May 9, 1950. In his proposal, Schuman called for the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, which would pool the coal and steel resources of several European countries. This initiative aimed to promote economic cooperation and prevent future conflicts by integrating key industries that had previously been used for military purposes. The idea was to bind European nations together through economic interdependence, making war between them unthinkable.