Celebrating Europe Day this 9th of May

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This story, the story of the Europe Day, begun a while ago, during the year 1949 the 5th of May when the European Council was founded. It wasn’t until one year later, on the 9th of May, that the Schuman Declaration was released. This was a relevant step for what we all know today as the European Union.

 Robert Schumann, French foreign affairs minister in 1950, presented this document to propose a European Coal and Steel Community. This was truly the first attempt to pave a pathway towards the EU. The first members of this economic alliance were France, West Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. After this declaration, more institutions and alliances would come until this year 2023. Today, we commemorate the relevance of this significant date for the European citizens in so many ways.

 “This May, Europe Day will bring citizens together to learn more about how the EU is supporting peace, security and democracy through its resolve in face of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and other conflicts worldwide. Europe Day 2023 will also enable visitors to get better acquainted with the EU’s efforts to build a Europe which is green, digital and competitive, fair and skilled, as well as strong, resilient and safe. This year, it will also shed special light on the 2023 European Year of Skills, which will kick-off on 9 May.

On and around Europe Day, the EU institutions will host a wide range of interactive activities at their locations across the 27 EU member states and around the world”, says the European Commission on the official press release about this day.

For Research and Innovation across the continent, the Europe Day represents an opportunity to raise awareness on the fact that, together, we can achieve more and much greater things, when it comes to science, technology and advancements. As you know, the MAST3RBoost project counts on a multidisciplinary and multicultural consortium formed by 13 members from 8 European and non-European countries. The research and advancements of the MAST3RBoost project towards the decarbonisation of the European transportation sector wouldn’t be possible without the support and funding of the Horizon Europe programme, boosted by the European Commission.

So, let’s keep celebrating and researching together!

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