Happy birthday Romania! Happy birthday Europe!

Romania marks this Sunday two important events in its history.

9th May is the State Independence Day. In 1877, foreign minister Mihail Kog─âlniceanu proclaimed in Parliament the independence of the Romanian state from the Ottoman Empire.

9th May is Europe Day, which marks the anniversary of The Schuman Declaration, presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950. It proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, whose members would pool coal and steel production.

“World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.”

“Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.”

“The pooling of coal and steel production… will change the destinies of those regions which have long been devoted to the manufacture of munitions of war, of which they have been the most constant victims.”