5 May

In 1964, the Committee of Ministers decided that 5 May, the anniversary of the founding of the Council of Europe, should be celebrated as Europe Day.

9 May

The European Union celebrates Europe Day on 9 May. The date marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 1950, considered to be the first official step in the creation of what is now the European Union.

May – Europe month

For about ten years now, the Council has been joining forces with the City of Strasbourg and numerous local partners to celebrate Europe during the month of May. Various events are staged (European village, talks, sports events, exhibitions, etc.) to familiarise the public with the work of the European institutions and Strasbourg-based organisations seeking to promote European values.

This year, which sees the European elections, the Council of Europe participated with the European Parliament and the City of Strasbourg in the EYE 2014 (European Youth Event), which brought together 5,000 young Europeans in Strasbourg on 9, 10 and 11 May 2014.

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Council of Europe Program - European Youth Event (9th - 11th May 2014)


Council of Europe booth at the Yo! Village 

 - Living Library bringing together around 25 "live" books, all people who suffer from everyday prejudices because of whom they are.

Date: 9 May 13h00-18h00 & 10 May 10h00-18h00 in the Yofest! Marquee

- Two exhibitions:

  • "Culture : Heart and Soul of Democracy"created on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention
  • "Public Health, medicines, Europe" created on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare.


Council of Europe participation in the core programme of the European Youth Event

- Under topic V European Values: panel to discuss ‘Human Rights on the Internet' - starting point: the « No Hate Speech Movement », a Council of Europe youth campaign led by young people for equality, dignity, human rights and diversity on the Internet.

Date: 9 or 10 May (date, time and room tbc)

- Workshops "The Youth Campaign for Human Rights Online" to be run on 9 and 10 May with the following objectives:

  • To introduce the Council of Europe's No Hate Speech Movement and discuss the realities of hate speech online and how they impact on the human rights and dignity of young people
  • To associate the participants with the campaign at the national and European levels.


Other events Other events
  • Strasbourg Europe Road Races
  • Information stand and presentation of the exhibition entitled "Culture: Heart and Soul of Democracy, Paris - Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 9-10 May 2014