On 9 May, the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme participated at the Europe Day in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg with a dedicated stand to the European Institute of Cultural Routes. This event took place for the first time in Esch-sur-Alzette, European Capital of Culture 2022.
Each year, "Europe Day" pays tribute to Robert Schuman's declaration in 1950 by highlighting the European values of peace, unity, solidarity, democracy and freedom.
60 information stands on the Place de la Résistance in Esch-sur-Alzette allowed visitors to discover how the European Union, Europe and its institutions work on a daily basis for its citizens.
From 12 to 6 p.m., the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme was present with an information stand highlighting its activities and its Cultural Routes network. This was a pleasant opportunity for the European Institute of Cultural Routes to inform participants about the Cultural Routes Programme of the Council of Europe and the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. With a wide range of information materials on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, as well as a quizz designed especially for the occasion, the European Institute of Cultural Routes presented the diversity and richness of the European tangible and intangible heritage highlighted by the programme in a enjoyable way to encourage visitors to explore these routes.
The official ceremony took place at 2 p.m. on the main stage in the presence of His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Luxembourg; Mr. Fernand Etgen, President of the Chamber of Deputies; Mr. Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister; Mr. Christophe Hansen, Member of the European Parliament; Mr. Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights and Mr. Georges Mischo, Mayor of the city of Esch-sur-Alzette.