Europe Day 2023: Celebrating 50 years of the EU

Europe Day 2023: Celebrating 50 years of the EU with

Europe Day takes place each year on the 9th May.  It was on this date in 1950 that the Schuman Declaration was signed to secure long-term peace for Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War. This signing marked the beginning of what we now know to be the European Union.

Significantly, this year also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s accession into the EU. During the last 50 years, the EU has contributed funding for a broad range of projects and programmes covering various areas, from education, research, employment, and regional development to the environment, humanitarian aid, agriculture, and the marine, among many others.

To celebrate Europe Day and to mark 50 years of Ireland’s EU Membership, EU funds have once again partnered with Independent newspapers to highlight stories of EU funding via a Europe Day supplement published in the Sunday Independent.

The Sunday Independent is one of Ireland’s best read weekly newspapers with a readership of approximately 700,000 per week. A digital version of the supplement was published on the website on the 9th May.

The supplement includes contributions from Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform, and Mairéad McGuinness, European Commissioner for Fiscal Services, Financial Stability, and Capital Markets Union.

Perhaps more importantly though, the supplement highlights a selection of activities taking place in the many operations supported by the EU Funds. These stories demonstrate the transformative value that EU Funding has made to communities across Ireland.

A top-down image of the printed Sunday Independent supplement, featuring articles with the headlines: "Europe Day 2023- 50 years together", "Celebrating Europe's achievements and unity", "Supporting self-employment", "National Recovery and Resilience Plan", and more cut of on the right hand side.

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