The Government’s EU50 programme is marking Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership since its decision to join the European Economic Community in 1972.

It is marked by a series of EU-focussed events and initiatives, culminating on Europe Day (Tuesday 9 May).

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Europe day is celebrated to commemorate the Schuman Declaration, signed in 1950, which proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor to the European Union.

Ireland’s EU membership has coincided with radical and transformative social and economic changes, helping to create a progressive and prosperous nation.

The EU50 programme encourages recognition and reflection of Ireland’s 50-year membership and involvement in the European Union.

This year’s events involved school visits by Dublin-based Ambassadors of EU Member States and Heads of EU offices.

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Last year’s similar engagement resulted in Ministerial visits to more than 70 schools across the country, sparking noteworthy discussions and positive engagement.

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Schools across Ireland have learned and rehearse our EU Anthem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, with live Europe Day performances.

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The outreach programme forms a key part of the overall celebrations that mark the end of the State’s EU50 programme, which will culminate on the evening of 9 May with a State event in the National Concert Hall at 7:30pm.

More information about Ireland’s 50-year membership of the European Union and the EU50 programme can be found here.

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