Europe Day is marked this Sunday in the European Parliament, with the official launching ceremony of the Conference on the Future of Europe. The conference was scheduled for May 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic, and also because of differences around the governance model of this forum.
When it was announced in March, the Portuguese Prime Minister defended that the launch of this conference is “a message of confidence and hope” at a time of “uncertainty, anguish and fear”.
After Saturday’s summit in Porto, António Costa and Emmanuel Macron join the leaders of the European institutions in Strasbourg this Sunday and Pedro Valente da Silva, head of the European Parliament’s representation in Portugal, speaks of a symbolic moment.
In Strasbourg, the ceremony will be in a hybrid format, and will start with a welcome speech by the French President, followed by interventions by António Costa, Ursula Von der Leyen and David Sassoli, between brief musical moments.
In Portugal, the celebration of Europe Day is mainly playful, with the launch of a new website and sessions of cinema, poetry and music.