France celebrates EU membership on Europe Day

European Union – Europe Day – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

Paris, 9 May 2018

Today, 9 May, all over Europe we are celebrating our membership of a Union in which peace and stability, freedoms and the protection of rights, prosperity and solidarity have co-existed for more than 60 years.

Europe Day commemorates the declaration made by Robert Schuman, Foreign Affairs Minister at the time, on 9 May 1950 in the Salon de l’Horloge at the Quai d’Orsay, which is considered to be the founding text of European integration.

France is committed to placing Europe on a new footing and has strong ambitions for the EU: reinvented sovereignty, strengthened unity based on our values, and a vibrant democracy.

Europe Day 2018 will also mark the launch of the first pan-European online citizens’ consultation, which will complement the physical meetings in the 27 member states. Today at midday, the European Commission will launch a consultation in 24 languages, inviting 450 million Europeans to respond to a questionnaire put together by a citizens’ panel, which is accessible in French (http://www.quelleestvotreeurope.fr).

To mark Europe Day, Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau met young Europeans this morning to talk about our determination to place Europe on a new footing and the citizens’ consultations. At 2.30 p.m. she will take part in a debate at the Senate on the EU in the face of the challenges posed by security, migration and borders. At 5.00 p.m., she will moderate a citizens’ consultation at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, together with Government Spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux and deputy Pacôme Rupin./.

Published on 15/05/2018

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