National Holiday on May 9 – Europe Day


Officially, on May 9, Latvia celebrates the Day of Europe. This holiday is dedicated to peace, democracy and unity of European countries. May 9, 1945 was declared the first peaceful day, the end of the Second World War. On this day, the day of commemoration of all victims of the war is celebrated on the territory of the European Union.

On May 9, 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schumann proposed to combine the production of coal and steel in France, Germany and other European countries. This marked the beginning of European integration and the EU.

In connection with this date, activities are planned devoted to the opportunity to learn how the European governments operate and also to get acquainted with the cultural side of all countries of the European Union and about the possibilities of tourism. Many state organizations will hold an open day.

They include the House of the EU, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, the European Bureau of Electronic Communication Regulators, the Seimas and the State Inspectorate for the Protection of Cultural Monuments. The embassies of the EU and Eastern Partnership countries will inform people about their work in Latvia.

The State Chancellery for the Day of Europe prepared an interactive test on Latvia’s membership in the EU. The test will be available at