Two days of the year are known as “Europe Day.” On May 5th, Europeans celebrate the founding of the European Council, and May 9th commemorates the Schumann Declaration.
On May 9th 1950, the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, suggested that French and German coal and steel producers work together. He proposed the creation of a "High Authority," whose job it was to ensure that the European coal and steel markets functioned smoothly. This proposal became known as the “Schuman Declaration” and led to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, which is considered to be the forerunner of the European Union. The Schuman Declaration also helped to calm hundreds years of rivalry between France and Germany, and allowed for peaceful re-organization of post-World War western Europe.
This in turn led to the creation of the general market, which, with the help of laws in all countries of the European Community, guaranteed the free movement of persons, goods, capital and services, as well as the removal of passport controls within the Schengen Area.
One of the greatest achievements of the European Council is the development and the implementation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
In recognition of Europe Day, the Director of the AFI Private Akademie für Informatik, Prof. Hartmut Schneider, organized an seminar on the topic of the European Community for his students at the AFI. Mr. Peter Bauch, former research assistant at the Bundestag, gave a lecture in which he explained the current advantages and historical significance of European integration.
The students and the friends of the AFI listened to the lecture with great interest, but also asked critical questions concerning the foreign policy of the Union.
The meeting ended with coffee and cakes in a friendly atmosphere.
May 16th, 2011