The European Movement in Serbia (EMinS) will this year mark Europe Day, 9 May, with a number of events – a debate on the current challenges facing the European Union, a premiere screening of the French film Lumière, as well as with traditional outdoor events and debates throughout the country.

This year’s Europe Day celebration is taking place a few days before the summit of the EU and the Western Balkan countries in Sofia, where the European and regional leaders are expected to pledge the implementation of joint activities, the aim of which would be a more effective handling of current challenges, such as migration, security, geopolitical development, and good neighbourly relations.

Given that the topics of connections between the EU and the region and connectivity within the region itself will dominate the upcoming summit, Messages for Europe as the leitmotif of this year’s Europe Day events invite citizens to a broader dialogue on Europe and with Europe.

We are opening the series of events we are organising in association with the European Movement International and the Network of the European Movement in Serbia on Wednesday, 9 May, in Belgrade’s Republic Square, where the traditional Street Action will take place from noon to 3 p.m. EMinS President Mihailo Crnobrnja, Secretary General Suzana Grubješić and the members of the Executive Board will visit the stand at noon and join a conversation with the citizens.

In the evening on the same day, an outdoor film night will be held in Belgrade’s Flower Square (Cvetni Trg) – the premiere screening of the French film Lumière, directed by Thierry Fremaux. The screening starts at 8 p.m., entrance is free.

On Thursday, 10 May, the EMinS is holding a debate on the current challenges of the European Union at the EU Info Centre, with EMinS President Mihailo Crnobrnja, Deputy President Duško Lopandić, Vice President Vladimir Međak, Faculty of Political Sciences professor Jovan Teokarević, Faculty of Economics, Finance and Administration (FEFA) Vice Dean Miloš Erić, and Srđan Majstorović of the European Policy Centre as the speakers. EMinS Forum for International Relations President Jelica Minić and journalist Ljubica Gojgić will be the moderators.

Europe Day will be marked across Serbia, while in Subotica, Lazarevac and Leskovac the EMinS local councils will organise outdoor events and workshops for their fellow citizens. The celebration will continue in May and June, with expert debates on the EU in Smederevo, Subotica and Belgrade, Facebook youth talks, European Classes at the Technical School in Vlasotince etc.

Europe Day is marked every 9 May in Europe, to commemorate the victory against fascism in 1945 and the declaration by Robert Schuman, the French foreign minister who in 1950 heralded a European reconciliation and unification project – the founding of the European Coal and Steel Community, which over time grew into the European Union.