Europe Day 2018 will take place on Wednesday 9 May in Luxembourg city centre. It celebrates the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, which spearheaded the idea of setting up a European Coal and Steel Community. This declaration is considered as one of the founding events leading to European integration.
As in previous years, a Eurovillage will be set up on the Place d’Armes and the adjacent Jan Palach Square. A number of stands will be open to welcome visitors between 11 am and 7 pm, providing information on topics such as current EU policies. Six members of staff from the Translation Centre, along with colleagues from the translation departments of other European institutions, will have a joint stand displaying the banner Übersetzen für Europa/Traduire pour l’Europe/Translating for Europe. Visitors to the stand will be able to find out more about working as a translator at the European institutions, recruitment procedures, competitions and, generally, multilingualism in the EU. Many of the Member States will also be represented in the Eurovillage, where visitors can discover the culinary delights and tourist attractions of these countries. The day’s programme also features spectacles such as folk dancing, concerts, educational activities for children and the cutting of the Europe Cake. This year’s Europe Day will be dedicated to young people and the future of Europe. The European Commission will mark the occasion by launching its new “EU&Me” campaign, which is aimed particularly at Europeans aged between 17 and 35.