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The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

25 April 2017, New York – To mark Europe Day and to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome this year, on Monday, 8 May, New York City’s iconic landmark, the Empire State Building, will be lit in blue and yellow, the colours of the European Union flag. Earlier in the month, on Friday, 5th May, a two week-long festival of new European cinema, Panorama Europe 2017, will kick-off with screenings at the Museum of Moving Image.

May 5, 2014, New York, NY, United States: The Empire State Building is lit up in the birthday colors of the European Union. The new Freedom Tower rises in the horizon as the newest addition to the skyline. (Photo Rick Maiman)













Empire State Building to be lit in EU colors on 8 May this year

To celebrate Europe Day in New York City, the Empire State Building will be lit in the EU’s flag colours for the eighth time. The image above shows what the renowned landmark will look like on that evening. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit

The Empire State Building in EU colors will this year also mark this year’s 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome.

Treaties of Rome – 60th Anniversary

2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome.  By establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) on 25 March 1957 in Rome, the EU founding fathers laid the foundations for something greater: an ever closer union that binds together the peoples of Europe in peace, prosperity and solidarity through the four freedoms – the free movement of people, goods services and capital.  From the ravages of WWII, these treaties brought peace, prosperity and security to millions of people in Europe. The Europe we know today promotes peaceful cooperation, respect for human rights and dignity, democracy, equality and solidarity amongst its Member States and across the world.

Travel back in time to the Europe of the late 1950s by visiting the Italian Cultural Institute from 9 May until 12 June 2017 for an historic exhibition co-sponsored by the European Union with other EEC founding Member States (Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Netherlands) and the Delegation of the European Union, European Art at the Time of the Treaties of Rome – Informal, Abstraction, Zero, around 1957, showcasing work by prominent artists of that period.

Europe Day – 9 May

Europe Day – the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration – is an annual occasion to celebrate how in the EU we have overcome centuries of  differences to shape a common future. On 9 May 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman called for unification of Europe to spread peace and prosperity globally. Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the “Schuman Declaration,” is considered to be the founding document of what is now the European Union.

Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol – Europe Day – which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is an occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the Union closer to one another.

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Panorama Europe 2017

Panorama Europe 2017, a film festival of new European cinema, will run from Friday, 5 May to Sunday, 21 May.

Panorama Europe 2017 is the ninth edition of this vital film festival (formerly known as ‘Disappearing Act’). The festival is presented by Museum of the Moving Image and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), together with the Delegation of the European Union as one of the proud members, and it returns to the MoMI and the Bohemian National Hall with seventeen new features.  Learn more at Panorama Europe.

  • Ref: EU17-0425
  • EU source: European Union
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  • Date: 25/04/2017

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