School children celebrating Europe Day in Latvia
30 May 2016

On 6 May School children and youngsters from Aizpute Highschool in Latvia gathered to celebrate Europe Day. Interreg Baltic Sea Region’s branch office in Riga participated in the event, asking questions and discussing the EU with the children, who could win prices for correct answers. The discussions during the day also included the importance of the Baltic Sea to lives and communities surrounding the sea. The presenters also touched upon the opportunities and impact that Interreg projects have in the region.

© Interreg Estonia-Latvia/Vineta Šņore

One young girl stated that exchanging with people from other countries makes you reconsider your own perspective and it helps break stereotypes. 
The young students seemed to realise that in general the world is becoming more and more connected, which means that international cooperation will be an every-day necessity.

Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe.  There are two separate designations of Europe Day: 5 May for the Council of Europe, and 9 May for the European Union (EU). The latter is the EU's flag day and has a greater visibility.
The Council of Europe's day reflects its own establishment in 1949, while the European Union's day is also known as Schuman Day and celebrates the historical declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman in 1950 to create the Coal and Steel Union. Europe Day is one of a number of European symbols designed to foster unity among Europeans.

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