This year marked the 71st anniversary of the ‘Schuman declaration’. The declaration traces back to 9 May 1950 in Paris, when the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman set out in a speech his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe that would make war between European nations unthinkable. This formed the beginning of a process that ultimately led to the creation of the European Union (EU) as we know it today. Every year on 9 May we celebrate this date as ‘Europe Day’.
Due to the pandemic, we will not hold physical events to mark Europe Day and our thoughts go out to all those who are fighting against the virus and its impact or suffering because of it. We remain convinced that cooperation and solidarity between Indonesia, ASEAN and the EU will make us stronger for tackling the pandemic and for shaping the socio-economic rebound once the crisis is under control.
It is this message of cooperation and solidarity that we want to convey through a range of virtual activities that we have prepared under the theme #EU4U. We will do that with a variety of events, showing the mutual engagement between Indonesia and the EU and our political economic and development cooperation. Very prominently we will feature the people-to-people connections, through education, languages, cooking, film, story-telling and singing.
We may not be able to share physical spaces but we can still be together virtually. Happy Europe Day!