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09-05-2012

Europe Day

Europe Day in European Union House, 18 Dawson Street/43 Molesworth Street.


Come and celebrate Europe Day in European Union House.  Sample tea/cakes from many different cultures.  In co-operation with several embassies, a multitude of tastes await you. You're welcome to join us between 12.30pm and 2.30pm to sample many different examples of afternoon tea from our European neighbours.

 
How the day went

This year's Europe Day focussed on the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.  

The celebrations kicked off with a flash mob of older and younger people dancing together to music from a live swing band in Grafton Street in front of Bewley's Cafe.  See the video of the flash mob on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/EUIRELAND and PICS from Lensmen.

The celebrations continued with a free open doors event in European Union House, where several European embassies showcased their national baking much to the enjoyment of the public and music by the Swing Cats got the crowd going.  The event was attended by Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton T.D., and members of more than 20 voluntary and public bodies involved in Ireland's Year of Active Ageing.

For more information regarding the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations in Ireland see: http://www.activeageing.ie/  

 
Photos of the day
 
 
Speech by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on Europe Day

Just over sixty years ago, a quiet revolution began that was to change the world forever: Europe has demonstrated that, yes, it works: yes, the successful combination of democracy, justice, freedom and solidarity is possible in our European model of society.

It is a model that embraces a free press and an independent judiciary, healthcare, pension provision, free access to education and opportunities for all, parliamentary democracy and participatory politics, equality before the law and securely anchored civil rights, and the highest social and environmental standards in the world, but a model in which there is no place for child labour, no place for the death penalty. We have created a society with humanity at its core.

That is the society in which I want to live, and I want my children and my children's children to be able to live in that kind of Europe. But our way of life today carries no open-ended guarantee. We need Europe, in this era of globalisation more than ever, to defend our democratic and social model. We cannot take what has been achieved for granted; we need to continue fighting for it on a daily basis.

Today, on Europe Day, we should remind ourselves where we have come from and what we have achieved - not for purposes of self-congratulation, but because our history both cautions us to defend our achievements and points our way forward.