Let us celebrate together #EuropeDay 2024

Every year on May 9, the European Union and its citizens come together to celebrate Europe Day. It is a moment to reflect on the continent's shared values, achievements, and aspirations. Europe Day holds particular significance in 2024, as it marks yet another milestone in the journey of European integration and cooperation.

Date 2024-05-09 Author BIK Team Section awareness Topic media literacy/education Audience media specialist, organisations and industry

Background 

As we commemorate Europe Day 2024, it is essential to reflect on the historical significance of this occasion. On May 9, 1950, in a landmark address, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented the 'Schuman Declaration,' a visionary proposal that laid the groundwork for European integration and cooperation. This moment marked the birth of what would evolve into the European Union, which aimed to foster peace and unity among nations torn apart by war.

The 'Schuman Declaration' emphasised the necessity of pooling coal and steel resources under a joint authority, effectively laying the foundation for the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). This initiative not only aimed to ensure economic stability but also sought to promote lasting peace and reconciliation among European nations. As we visit the European Institutions on this auspicious day, we recognise and value the determination of those who paved the way for the European project, reaffirming the values of peace, democracy, and cooperation that continue to guide many people today.

This year

This year, Europe Open Day will occur on Saturday, 4 May, in Brussels, the heart of European governance; dignitaries and citizens will gather for the traditional flag-raising ceremony at the European Parliament. This symbolic gesture serves as a reminder of the EU's commitment to peace, democracy, and solidarity among its member states. The day will continue with activities for all ages, with info stands and short sessions on the fight against disinformation, women in politics and campaigning for the elections. Citizens are invited to discover more about the European elections and understand why voting matters. Check the programme and the events organised in the 27 EU countries

Across the continent, initiatives promoting European values and cooperation will take centre stage. Youth exchanges, educational programmes, and intercultural dialogues will foster greater understanding and collaboration between Europe's future leaders.

Better Internet for Kids for #EuropeDay 2024

Europe Day is an opportunity to highlight the crucial role of digital literacy, online safety, and responsible digital citizenship in shaping Europe's future. Through its educational campaigns, technological innovations, and policy advocacy, the Better Internet for Kids initiative contributes to building a Europe where children can thrive and grow in a digital landscape that respects their rights and protects their well-being.

Learn more about our work and initiatives: 

  • On Wednesday, 11 May 2022, the European Commission adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+) to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online.
  • In October 2022, the European Commission launched the Digital Services Act (DSA) package – a series of rules and regulations for online platform providers aimed to create a safer digital space for all users – with some rules that are specially designed to protect minors online – where fundamental rights are respected and protected.
  • A new study, commissioned under the BIK+ strategy, explores age assurance, including age verification tools, in today's digital landscape. It aims to provide insights into available options for age assurance and outlines essential criteria for effective age verification across different services.

For more information about EuropeDay 2024, visit the European Union's website or follow the celebration on social media with the hashtag #EuropeDay.    

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