Joint statement on Europe Day 9 May 2015 by the members of the European Council
European Council President Spokesperson
Today, we celebrate the united Europe that arose from the ashes of the Second World War.
Sixty-five years ago the Schuman declaration set out that only by breaking the cycle of violence and vengeance could our societies build enduring security and prosperity together. Only in unity could Europe preserve peace. This was the beginning of the European integration process but still many European nations had to struggle for freedom from totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.
We will never forget the catastrophe of the Second World War, triggered by contempt for people and nations. Seventy years ago, still in living memory, our peoples faced each other on the battlefields. Today, we are the closest partners, allies and friends.
It is our responsibility to promote peace, freedom, democracy, solidarity and prosperity, both in Europe and beyond. United in the European Union, seeing our diversity as our strength, we will continue this task.
Donald Tusk,Jean-Claude Juncker, Dalia Grybauskaitė, François Hollande, Nicos Anastasiades, Klaus Iohannis,Angela Merkel, Werner Faymann, David Cameron, Viktor Orban, Mark Rutte, Enda Kenny, Pedro Passos Coelho, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Mariano Rajoy, Zoran Milanović, Robert Fico, Joseph Muscat, Xavier Bettel, Bohuslav Sobotka, Laimdota Straujuma, Matteo Renzi, Taavi Röivas, Alexander Stubb, Ewa Kopacz, Miro Cerar, Stefan Löfven, Charles Michel, Boyko Borisov, Alexis Tsipras