May 10, 2006

Fête de l’Europe !

Today is Fête de l’Europe (Europe Day), May 9th; Europe celebrates the formation of Europe Union. In 1950 on this day few countries of Europe united its coal and steel production it seems. In Paris the day is celebrated by painting (lighting) its major monuments in blue (I guess representing the Europe union flag). So, took my bike and camera and went for a mini city round to catch few pictures for you guys! It was really strange to see the monuments lighted blue, I enjoy the few aspects of Europe union, I can just jump into a bus or a train during the weekends and travel to the neighboring countries without wasting money on visa or currency exchange! So,Lets celebrate Fête de l’Europe with blue! More Pictures....

6 comments:

ashgene said...

Wondering if Lakshmi mittal is reading this blog and if he is pleased with this celebration. What did you say?? Europe united steel production!

Uma said...

yeah! it was something like that in 1950,dont know the details, but dont worry, i guess Lakshmi Mittal is doing fine even after this.

ashgene said...

Sounds like you are a spokesperson of Lakshmi mittal gues he will treat you well after the takeover is over.

MrM said...

This date was actually chosen in memory of May 9th 1950, when the French minister of foreign affairs, Robert Schumann, a mere five years after the end of WWII, called for uniting the steel and coal productions (the two main elements needed for producing... weapons!) of several European nations (these productions were still nationalised back then), so as to avoid any future conflicts between these countries.
As a result of this speech, the European Coal and Steel Association was created with the Treaty of Rome in 1957, thus laying the first stone of an edifice that was to become the European Union as we know it today (25 countries and growing), which will hopefully pursue its effort to unite the continent peacefully. So indeed: Vive l´Europe!

As for Mr. Mittal, as far as I know, he has but little, if anything, to do with all of that.

MrM said...

This date was actually chosen in memory of May 9th 1950, when the French minister of foreign affairs, Robert Schumann, a mere five years after the end of WWII, called for uniting the steel and coal productions (the two main elements needed for producing... weapons!) of several European nations (these productions were still nationalised back then), so as to avoid any future conflicts between these countries.
As a result of this speech, the European Coal and Steel Association was created with the Treaty of Rome in 1957, thus laying the first stone of an edifice that was to become the European Union as we know it today (25 countries and growing), which will hopefully pursue its effort to unite the continent peacefully. So indeed: Vive l´Europe!

As for Mr. Mittal, as far as I know, he has but little, if anything, to do with all of that.

Uma said...

thanks for that Micha! I read something like this, but not able to put it in a right way i guess!