Europe Day, held in May every year, celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration', a speech given by Robert Schuman in Paris in 1950. The French foreign minister at the time outlined his thoughts for a new way of political cooperation in Europe promoting greater social, political and economic harmony between the nations[1].

This year’s focus is on the ‘European Year for Cultural Heritage’, and its slogan Our heritage: where the past meets the future captures quite well the importance of our diverse cultural heritage across Europe.  The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a unified European space[2] .

To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to the public with a variety of things to do in the UK throughout May. Europe Day is a unique opportunity for everyone to discover how the European institutions work, what their priorities are and how they affect the lives of Europeans[3]

In honour of Europe Day, it is ever so important to promote opportunities for young people beyond the UK. As part of the Eurodesk network, Eurodesk UK aims to inform young people and youth organisations about mobility opportunities in Europe. You can find a number of exciting ideas for volunteering, learning, working and travelling at Eurodesk UK

[1] Europe Day 2018 - European Union - European Commission. (2018). Retrieved from

[2] The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 | European Year of Cultural Heritage. (2018). Retrieved from

[3] Europe Day 2018 - events in the UK | European Youth Portal. (2018). Retrieved from