European Consuls to Visit Houston Schools on Europe Day 2016

May 9, 2016

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To celebrate Europe Day, the European Consulates in Houston, in cooperation with the Houston Independent School District, will organize a visit to local schools in order to raise awareness about the European Union.

Representatives of nine Consulates of different European Countries (Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom), will host a presentation at selected Houston schools to explore the theme in more depth with local students.

Here are the schools that will be involved: Barbara Jordan High School, Davis High School, East Early College High School, E.L. Furr High School, Lanier Middle School, McReynolds Middle School, Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men, Waltrip High School, Scarborough High School, Sterling High School, Westbury High School.

Europe Day, held annually on May 9, is a celebration of peace and unity in Europe achieved finally after the World War II. In the aftermath of this devastating event, there was in fact, a need for a plan to ensure future peace.

On May 9, 1950, then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, laid out his plan for the creation of a new form of political cooperation in Europe, to help maintain peaceful relations between European countries. His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production which would "make war between Europe’s nations not only unthinkable but materially impossible". This proposal, known as the 'Schuman declaration', led to the treaty now considered to be the act that created the European Union. Composed by six original members (France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg) the EU has now grown into 28 member countries.

Visit the European Commission website to find out more about Europe Day.


Europe Day

The European Parliament building in Strasbourg.

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”

The logo of the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

On 1 January 2016 Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore be responsible for steering the Organization safely through the stormy tides of crises and challenges in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.

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