Ukraine celebrates Europe Day for the first time on May 9
Starting in 2023, Ukraine will annually celebrate Europe Day on May 9, along with the countries of the European Union.
In the European Union, Europe Day is celebrated on May 9 as a symbol of unity and peace on the continent. This date was approved in 1985 at the European Council summit in Milan, since May 9, 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed to create a new organization in Europe in the form of a “supranational community.”
Ukrainians first celebrated Europe Day 20 years ago. The relevant decree was signed by then-President Leonid Kuchma. Since then, the third Saturday in May has been considered Europe Day every year. However, from now on, Ukraine celebrates Europe Day together with the EU member states. The relevant decree was signed by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“This will be the Day of Europe, which helps us fight in all directions: on the battlefield with weapons, on the diplomatic front with determination, against missile terror and winter blackout, in the economy and on the legal front. This will be the Day of Europe – our ally. The one that never calls Ukraine a “fictional” or “artificial” entity. And it gives us its weapons so that we can defend ourselves and it – our Europe,” Zelenskyy said.