Europe Day 2016 – Activities taking place in Gozo and Malta
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The 9th May is an important date for all Europeans. Europe Day marks the anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations a thing of the past.
His vision was to create a European institution that would manage pooled coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
The European Commission Representation, together with the European Parliament Information Office in Malta, will be organising a number of activities meant to raise awareness of the day with emphasis on peace and unity, especially in these testing times for our continent.
In Gozo, Thursday, the 5th of May, will be dedicated to Gozitan secondary schoolchildren, with a number of fun and learning activities at the Victoria Sports Centre.
During the activity in Gozo students will share their experience of a project on Migration and Humanitarian aid organised by the Europe Direct Information Centre in Victoria, Gozo, followed by an award giving ceremony for winners of the project and participation by all students in a human board game on learning about Europe animated by the Ghaqda tal-Malti.
The European Commission Representation is running the Europe Day Slogan Competition on its Facebook page until Friday, the 6th of May. Participants are invited to express what Europe Day means to them through a short slogan. To know more about the competition's terms & conditions, as well as the prizes in store, please click here.
Activities in Malta start between the 2nd and the 10th of May, when the main streets in Valletta will be decorated with banners as well as EU and Maltese flags.
On Wednesday, the 4th of May, a Europe Day Debate on Campus will take place at the Common Room at the University of Malta, to discuss the challenges and the future of the EU with students. This debate is being organised in collaboration with MEUSAC and KSU.
The following day, Friday, the 6th of May, students of European Studies will convene in Fort St Elmo in Valletta for more EU-themed learning activities. Some 180 students from 7 schools will participate in a half day of activities including theatre performances, drama activities, animated visits to the Fort and a human board game animated by the Ghaqda tal-Malti testing the students on their knowledge of the EU. Ministers, MPs and MEPs will also be visiting the students during the event.