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EU Day initiative

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This Monday, February 11th, the EU Day Initiative will be discussed and voted in the European Parliament plenary sitting in Strasbourgas part of the report on the implementation of the Treaty provisions related to EU citizenship brought by Maite Pagazaurtundúa, ambassador of the Initiative, to the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, and approved with 19 to 3 votes. If everything goes as expected, we´ll shortly have the European Parliament itself addressing the other European institutions and bodies, or the national governments, with the aim of drawing attention to our cause and eliciting a response.

The 9th of May is a public holiday for members and employees of the European institutions but it is not for other European citizens, those who really make possible the existence of our European Union. These are the citizens who are a part of a European Union as equals, participating in the election of political representatives, being directly affected by their decisions and living with the consequences. The 9th of May should be a date reaching all Europeans, not a gap between institutions and citizens. It should be a day for celebrating our Union, of which European citizens are essential, for filling each Member State with thousands of people marking this day, its history - which is our history - and sharing the boon of being and feeling European.

Aware that every Member State has competence to establish its own work calendar, we ask the national parliaments and the European Council, comprising the Heads of state or government of EU countries, to promote Europe Day as a public holiday. We know it is an ambitious goal, but achievable, and that is why we believe it is necessary to call for joint action of the European institutions, political parties, social groups and civil society to explore together the best way to make it a reality.

The next elections to the European Parliament will be held in 23–26 May 2019 and this further encourages us to promote the need to turn the 9th of May into an inclusive holiday. Why? To make this day a celebration for all European citizens, an appointment in which we can make known, close up, the European Union and our common past. Let Europe Day spread its forward-looking projects over the continent, fanning the pride of being European. Let's make every citizen keen to wave the EU flag as a symbol of union and progress to build our common future. Let's make every European feel the need to keep our appointment with the ballot boxes to start writing our future together.

One hymn, one flag and one commemoration. Symbols unite us, silence divides us.

We also recorded videos with some of the ambassadors and representatives of the promoting organisations, where they introduced themselves and gave reasons to support the establishment of May 9 as a EU wide public holiday. In order to enable everyone to have a public voice, you are invited to record and send us a short video (around 1 minute) of your own, which we will also publish.

At last, we encourage you to continue spreading the Initiative in your circles of acquaintances, debates and by social networks, with all the materials available at the Initiative’s website, and to share your ideas and news about the project by answering to this email or using the Telegram channel for ambassadors and promoters (one or two members per organization).


See or download the text as PDF here.

Interested? Write us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to include your company or organisation as a promoter of this initiative, or yourself as a supporter.

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