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).
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.
Last year’s similar engagement resulted in Ministerial visits to more than 70 schools across the country, sparking noteworthy discussions and positive engagement.
Schools across Ireland have learned and rehearse our EU Anthem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, with live Europe Day performances.
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.