Slovakia is capitalising on its membership in the EU, said Andrea Elscheková-Matisová, the head of the European Commission's Representation in Slovakia, during public celebrations of 'Europe Day' in Bratislava on May 9, the TASR newswire reported.
The European Union commemorated the 61st anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of May 9, 1950 that had been presented by the French foreign affairs minister, Robert Schuman, and led to the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1952.
"Thanks to Schuman's plan we haven't waged any wars on the European continent, within the European Union, for 61 years. We're doing our utmost in sports [instead]," said Elscheková-Matisová, as quoted by TASR, adding that since 2004 Slovak citizens have been able to freely travel or run a business abroad.
"Slovakia is a full and confident member of the EU, and it's good that we're commemorating it in this way," said Miroslav Mikolášik, a Slovak member of the European Parliament from the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH). The celebrations were mainly held at Bratislava’s Main Square (Hlavné námestie), attended by many primary school pupils.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. May 2011 at 14:00