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Celebrating Europe Day: Reflecting on the 'Schuman Declaration' and embracing open data

Exploring the role of open data in shaping the future of Europe

Today we celebrate Europe Day, commemorating the anniversary of the ‘Schuman Declaration’, delivered by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman in 1950. This historic declaration proposed a new form of political cooperation in Europe to prevent future wars among European nations, laying the foundation for the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, whose members agreed to pool coal and steel production. Fostering cooperation and economic integration, this eventually led to what we now know as the European Union, with peace and unity as its core principles.

In commemoration of Europe Day 2024, the EU Open Day held in Brussels on Saturday 4 May, and a vast array of events and activities will take place in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, and across the EU Member States. With the European elections approaching in June, this year's EU Open Day provides a platform to explore how the European Union influences daily life and how individuals can contribute to its ongoing development.

As we reflect on the historic significance of the 'Schuman Declaration' and celebrate Europe Day, it is essential to recognise the role of open data in shaping the EU's policies and initiatives. Open data promotes transparency, accessibility, and accountability within the EU institutions, enabling citizens to better understand the decision-making processes and outcomes. 

By embracing open data, individuals can actively participate in EU affairs, contributing to the promotion of peace, unity, and prosperity across Europe. Let us embrace the opportunities offered by events like the EU Open Day to engage with the EU's institutions and explore how open data can empower us to actively participate in shaping the future of Europe.

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