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2 minutes to read Posted on Friday May 7, 2021

Updated on Friday May 7, 2021

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Beth Daley

Editorial Adviser , Europeana Foundation

Five ways to get involved on Europe Day 2021

Each year, 9 May marks Europe Day and the anniversary of the 'Schuman Declaration', which, in 1950, saw the beginning of the process of building the European Union. That was a huge moment of change for Europe. And today, the European Union is facing another great time of change, a time in which it wishes to use the richness and the lessons of its history and heritage to shape a future that makes Europe better for everyone. Here’s how you can get involved. 

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  1. Share your visions for the future: The European Commission’s New European Bauhaus movement will shape future ways of living that answer the challenges we face today. Think green, sustainable and affordable, alongside accessible, inclusive and beautiful. Share your inspiring examples of spaces, services and practices that contribute to an inclusive, beautiful and sustainable society. Read more about the New European Bauhaus.

  2. Take the future in your hands: The Conference on the Future of Europe is a unique and timely opportunity for European citizens to debate on Europe’s challenges and priorities. No matter where you are from or what you do, this is the place to think about what future you want for the European Union. Choose a topic and let the Conference know your opinion. Read more about the Conference on the Future of Europe.

  3. Join the debate: Europa Nostra and partners are calling on you to organise a moderated debate to take place at a physical cultural heritage site in Europe between 1 June and 1 December. Where better to discuss Europe’s future and the role of cultural heritage than in one of its beautiful buildings or historic sites (pandemic restrictions allowing)? Participating organisations are asked to send in details of their planned debate via the Europa Nostra Digital Agora platform

  4. Immerse yourself in heritage and key moments that have helped shape a democratic Europe in the past 70 years. Explore Europeana exhibitions developed in partnership with the European Parliament on the Schuman Declaration, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the fall of the Berlin wall and German reunification

  5. Learn from your peers with a webinar:  Watch a webinar dedicated to Europe Day 2021 on digital education and the power of storytelling with Europeana from the UNESCO chair on Digital Cultural Heritage at the Cyprus University of Technology. 

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