Europe Day is observed every year on May 9

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On this day in 1950, the Schuman Declaration proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, the European Union’s ancestor.

Only through unity and solidarity are we able to maintain the European project.

This year's Europe Day takes on added significance since it will mark the launch of the Conference on the future of Europe, a year-long series of debates and discussions that aims to reshape the bloc with the participation of its citizens.

It also comes after the entry into force of a "hard Brexit" in January this year following Britain's decision to leave the bloc.