A concert for a united Europe

The Ballroom came alive with a true taste of Europe today.

Members of the European Union Consular Group and of the Consular Corps of WA put on a show to celebrate Europe Day. On 9 May 1950 the then French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, gave a speech in Paris setting out an ambitious plan for a new form of political cooperation in Europe after the devastation caused by the Second World War. His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty establishing such a body was signed a year later by 6 countries. Schuman’s declaration is considered to be the beginning of the comprehensive integration process that led to what is now the European Union, the most successful example of a regional integration organisation in the world and a key partner of Australia, gathering 27 European countries. Europe Day aims to celebrate the values and principles represented by the EU institutions, as well as the successes achieved by the EU throughout its history to the benefit of European peoples and as an effective global player.

Featuring the music of European artists, the event showcased the diversity of the area and aimed to further enhance strong multicultural connections within Australia. As the concert progressed and the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Canberra, Mr Fedja Zlobec, spoke about the importance of the EU, a special moment was dedicated to the people of Ukraine.

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