Europe Day commemorates 9 May 1950, when the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, to help maintain peaceful relations between European countries. This proposal, known as the ‘Schuman declaration‘, is considered to be the act that created what is now the European Union.
Throughout the month of May, every year, there are many types of activities on offer as part of the Europe Day celebrations. The European institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg opens their doors to the public, while local European Union offices elsewhere in Europe and the world also organize a range of events. Every year there are tours, debates, conferences and other activities so that thousands of people can find out more about the European Union and how it works.
Together with Europe, today, we also celebrate the Erasmus program and in particular its mother, Prof. Sofia Corradi. She becomes the tenth person to receive the Carlos V European Award.
Sofia Corradi (Professor of Adult Education until 2004 at the Faculty of Education, Roma Tre University) receives today in Spain the prestigious Carlos V European Award, at the presence of the King Felipe of Spain and the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. With this award, the jury wishes to recognize “her career and, above all, her great commitment and contribution to the process of European integration by means of the design and implementation of the ERASMUS initiative of the European Union, as well as her work and endeavor on behalf of academic mobility, focusing on young European students as a guarantee of tomorrow and the future of Europe”.