Celebrating the creation of the European Union.
Europe Day commemorates 9 May 1950, when the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, to help maintain peaceful relations between European countries. This proposal, known as the 'Schuman declaration', is considered to be the act that created what is now the European Union.
Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol (Europe Day) which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is the occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the Union closer to one another Each year's Europe Day has a different theme. The theme for 2012 is: 'Growing Stronger Together'
Symbols of the EU
This is the European flag.
It is the symbol not only of the European Union but also of Europe's unity and identity in a wider sense. The circle of gold stars represents solidarity and harmony between the peoples of Europe. The number of stars has nothing to do with the number of Member States. There are twelve stars because the number twelve is traditionally the symbol of perfection, completeness and unity. The flag therefore remains unchanged regardless of EU enlargements.
“United in diversity” is the motto of the European Union. The motto means that, via the EU, Europeans are united in working together for peace and prosperity, and that the many different cultures, traditions and languages in Europe are a positive asset for the continent.
Currency - The Euro is the official currency of the EU
Member states of the EU
Any European country which respects the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law may apply to become a member of the Union. The Current member states are;
Member states of the EU (year of entry)
• [pic]Austria (1995)
• [pic]Belgium (1952)
• [pic]Bulgaria (2007)
• [pic]Cyprus (2004)
• [pic]Czech Republic (2004)
• [pic]Denmark (1973)
• [pic]Estonia (2004)
• [pic]Finland (1995)
• [pic]France (1952)
• [pic]Germany (1952)
• [pic]Greece (1981)
• [pic]Hungary (2004)
• [pic]Ireland (1973)
• [pic]Italy (1952)
• [pic]Latvia (2004)
• [pic]Lithuania (2004)
• [pic]Luxembourg (1952)
• [pic]Malta (2004)
• [pic]Netherlands (1952)
• [pic]Poland (2004)
• [pic]Portugal (1986)
• [pic]Romania (2007)
• [pic]Slovakia (2004)
• [pic]Slovenia (2004)
• [pic]Spain (1986)
• [pic]Sweden (1995)
• [pic]United Kingdom (1973)
Belgium has three official languages, which are: Dutch, French and German Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the administrative centre of the European Union. This has earned the city the title of the Capital of Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters, and those of several other major international organisations such as NATO. Interesting facts
Brussels sprouts really do come from Belgium and have grown in the Brussels area for over 400 years. Belgians tend to be liberal thinkers. They legalised euthanasia in 2002, and gay marriage in 2003.
Belgium has compulsory education up to 18 years old. This is one of the highest in the world. Belgium also has enforced compulsory voting
Belgium was the scene of Napoleon’s final defeat, at Waterloo, south of Brussels. The Law Courts of Brussels is the largest court of justice in the world (26,000 m² at ground level). It is bigger than Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Belgium also has more comic makers per square km than any other country in the world, even Japan. In the 15th century, Belgians were credited with inventing oil painting.
80% of billiard players use Belgian-made balls.
Belgians pay some of the highest tax rates in the world, around 40% of...