On 8 May the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom gathered with its liberal partners from all over Europe to celebrate on the eve of Europe day. The event, co-organized by the European Liberal Forum, Stichting IDI and FNF, was held in Maastricht in honor of the treaty of the same name.
As the president of the European Parliament, recently put it “It is easy to celebrate Europe when times are good, employment high and growth strong. It is harder when you have just lost your job, or cannot find
one after graduating or had to close down your family business because of toughening credit conditions.” It was precisely the aim of the Celebrating Europe event to remember the great achievements the Union has brought to its citizens over the last six decades. On 9 May 1950 the first steps were taken towards the creation of what is now the European Union by French Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Schuman. To mark this event, people all over Europe celebrate the fundamental values of freedom and peace that constitutes the EU, on 9 May each year.
Abroad variety of speakers from Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland shared their opinion on what belongs to our common European historical and cultural heritage and on how the EU should tackle current economic and political challenges. Neelie Kroes, Vice- President of the European Commission, highlighted past achievements of the EU and called for “Less borders in Europe and more internal market” in order to overcome current challenges.