Annual Reception: 9th May 2019
On 9 May 2019, H.E. Marjaana Sall, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius, hosted the Europe Day reception at the Plaza, a place of cultural importance for Mauritius.
The Acting President, the Prime Minister and 250 distinguished guests from the government, the diplomatic corps, the private sector, and the civil society were present. To mark this special occasion, the European Union’s flag colours, blue and yellow, lit up the façade of the Plaza.
‘Rise and Shine’, which is the gender campaign that the EU launched on International Women’s Day was the theme of the reception. The ‘Rise and Shine’ ambassadors were present, and guests had the opportunity to look at their photos and read their inspiring words on gender equality and human rights.
The reception of this important date equally feathered the DEU campaign of ‘Rise& Shine’ by addressing it’s four main values, namely: Gender equality, The Fight For the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Human Rights and Women Empowerment.
Why we celebrate Europe Day?
On 9 May 1950 the French Foreign Minister, Mr. Robert Schuman made a declaration, known as the Schuman Declaration, calling for a joint authority to oversee French and German production of coal and steel. He thought that pooling them would make war between the two historic rivals, not only unthinkable but impossible. The EU has ensured its citizens over 60 years of peace which is the longest period of peace in Europe’s history.
Celebrating Europe Day in Mauritius;
An article by European Union in Mauritius
“Europe Day is a time to celebrate the founding of the European Union, a project of unique vision. It is also the time to celebrate our ties and friendship with the Republic of Mauritius. We have a lot to celebrate because our partnership is a historic one. It is based on solid cultural ties and trust between our people. It builds on our joint commitment to fundamental values such as democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, as well as our mutual attachment to multilateralism and a rules-based global order.” Marjaana Sall, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius.