In the aftermath of World War II, Europe faced a difficult future to try and rebuild itself. On the 9th May 1950, the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman read to the world a declaration calling for France, Germany and other European countries to bring together their coal and steel industries to make "the first concrete foundation of a European foundation". These were the industries at the time which was the basis of all military power. The countries Robert Schuman called upon, were the countries which had almost destroyed each other.
In the Milan Summit of EU leaders in 1985, a decision was made to celebrate the 9th of May as Europe Day. This day is an occasion for festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and the people of the European Union closer to one another.