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.
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 will be participating with the European Parliament and the City of Strasbourg in the EYE 2014 (European Youth Event), which will bring together 5,000 young Europeans in Strasbourg on 9, 10 and 11 May 2014.