Happy Europe Day!


7️⃣2️⃣ years ago, Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister, made his famous declaration. He proposed that European countries cooperated in coal and steel production. One year later, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was founded. It was the first European institution created by 6 founding members: Belgium 🇧🇪, France 🇫🇷, Germany 🇩🇪, Italy 🇮🇹, Luxembourg 🇱🇺, and the Netherlands 🇳🇱.

📌 In his declaration, Robert Schuman said: "Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity". Today we have to remember these words and their importance. We must resist anti-European discourse.

✌️ Since the 1950s many countries freely joined the European project, and many others are asking to join. Europe has become a symbol of peace and in 2012 also received the Nobel prize for peace.

‼️ However, the EU needs to make self-criticism and understand its mistakes. In this moment of crisis, we need to accelerate the process of European integration. Europe cannot be a mere economic union. We need further political integration with more democratic accountability in order to respond to systemic shocks like COVID-19 or war between Ukraine and Russia. It is time for Europe to become a political and social model that gives hope to its people.

🎥 In this video there are the happy European Day greetings of some team members and followers of Arbury Road! 🇪🇺 #EuropeanUnion #Europeday

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