Happy Europe Day!
Europe Day is held every year on May 9th to celebrate unity and peace in Europe. This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Schuman Declaration when French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman set out a speech about his idea for the new political form in Europe which was the beginning of the creation of the European Union (EU).
To comfort health protocol and in keeping social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online events replaced traditional Europe Day celebration. In Indonesia, online events took time from 1st of May-9th of May 2021 with European Union Ambassador Lecture as the opening of the online events. At this event, the Ambassador explained about the Schuman Declaration and the formation of the European Union, he also spoke about Europe Day and how important it is for European Nations. At the end of the session, the participants can ask the Ambassador anything through a live chat.
There were some Ambassador lectures during the online events, also many more events such as European storytime where we learn about stories from EU nations, language learning, webinars and ask Ambassador from each EU nation. The full schedule of the celebration can be found here.
Europe Day is the perfect time to look back at how unified Europe has developed since the Schuman Declaration. European Union is now consist of 27 members state Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden with the motto United in Diversity, which is pretty much the same with Indonesian motto “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” which means Unity in Diversity.
As Indonesian, we can learn from the EU that we are also diverse but we have to be united. “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” is more than just a national motto, it’s an underlying principle that has shaped the country. Indonesia has proven that a huge country comprising a dizzying array of ethnicities, cultures, and religious sects can live side-by-side in one nation-state. On Europe Day, we can look back and reflect on how unified and peaceful Indonesia has been and we have to continue to live in peace and harmony.
Written by: Nevy Pangestika