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May 02, 2022 About the EUIPO

The EUIPO is commemorating Europe Day with a solidarity concert


The concert will take place at ADDA at 12.00 on Sunday 8 May. Invitations can be obtained at www.conciertoeuropa.eu

Every year, the institutions of the European Union pay tribute to Europe Day. This day marks the anniversary of the ‘Schuman Declaration’ of May 1950, in which the French Minister whom the Declaration is named after, Robert Schuman, set out his idea of a new form of cooperation to secure peace in Europe and proposed the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, thus laying the foundations for what is now the European Union.

This year, in which the spirit of peace and solidarity are of particular importance in the current context, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has organised several activities in the city of Alicante to celebrate Europe Day.

After a two-year break due to the pandemic, on Sunday 8 May, from 12.00 to 13.00, the EUIPO will again hold its traditional Europe Day concert at the Auditorium of the Provincial Council of Alicante (ADDA), featuring Gustav Holst’s orchestral work 'The Planets'. The concert will be performed by the ADDA Simfònica orchestra, conducted by its music director, Josep Vicent, and will include the special collaboration of the Amici Musicae choir. Tickets are free of charge and can be obtained at www.conciertoeuropa.eu (limited tickets available).

On this occasion, thanks to the participation of Solcir – Círculo de Solidaridad and the Alicante Red Cross, concert invitations have been extended to a group of Ukrainian citizens living in the province, who have mobilised to help the refugees arriving in Alicante. Solcir, a charity organisation which staff members of the EUIPO manage on a voluntary basis, will be collecting donations to go towards helping refugees in the ADDA lobby, in close collaboration with the Alicante Red Cross.

In addition, as in previous years, some of the most iconic buildings in the city of Alicante, such as Santa Barbara Castle, the Plaza de los Luceros fountain, the Palace of the Provincial Council of Alicante and, for the first time this year, Casa del Mediterráneo and the EUIPO façade, will be illuminated in blue, the colour of the European flag, throughout the night of Sunday 8 to Monday 9 May.

History of a Union

The EU was founded after the Second World War, with the aim of boosting economic and political cooperation. The founders worked to end the horrors of two world wars and to promote peace and solidarity. In 1958, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands established the European Economic Community (EEC). Since then, the history of the European Union has been through great developments and has incorporated a wide range of common policies. With a territory of 4 million km² and a population of nearly 450 million inhabitants, the EU is one of the world’s leading economies. Spain joined the EU in 1986; the EUIPO is one of the five decentralised EU agencies in the country, opening in Alicante in 1994.

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