It was a remote Europe Day this year at the European Economic and Social Committee. Like all the other European institutions, the EESC was forced by the COVID-19 outbreak to forgo its traditional open day on 9 May and instead offer a number of inspiring online activities.
Saturday 9 May 2020 marked the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration and it was out of the question to let this important milestone slip by without a proper celebration of Europe's achievements. Focusing on togetherness and solidarity, the EESC joined the other EU institutions in the "Europeans against Covid" campaign, launched by the European Parliament, to pay tribute to all Europeans fighting the pandemic.
Videos, articles, podcasts and social media posts were made available on a dedicated page on the Committee's website, where visitors could find out first-hand how the EESC had been engaging in the fight against the coronavirus crisis. The website also offered testimonies by EESC members working hard on the ground in the Member States to help their organisations and communities deal with the impact of the pandemic.
The dedicated mini-website also explained at length how the Committee works and how its activities are structured around groups and thematic sections, and highlighted its important contribution to the EU decision-making process and the essential role played by EU civil society organisations.
The first ever online Europe Day was a great success, generating a great deal of engagement from viewers and on social media. Having said that, the EESC looks forward to welcoming visitors back to its Jacques Delors building in Brussels next year for Open Day 2021. (mp)