We commemorate the European Cooperation Day (also known as “EC Day”) on 21 September every year. But why do we celebrate cooperation?
Europe is a mix of cultures and economies that need to understand each other in order to reach their maximum potential. For this reason, the European Union (EU) encourages cooperation in different ways. One of them is through the cooperation programmes, which allocate more than 10 billion euros for the regions to work together on common challenges: climate adaptation, social inclusion, migration…
How is this done in practice? Through projects involving regions all over Europe and neighboring countries. They have helped increase cultural understanding and overcome economic disparities throughout territories. Don’t you think this is a good reason to celebrate?
With the “European Cooperation Day” campaign we would like to remind citizens that many good things come out when we join forces. In the past editions, people cycled together, sang together, ate together, and in general had a wonderful time in each other’s company in hundreds of events organised by EU cooperation programmes in over 30 countries.
Everybody can join this celebration. In September, many events are organised in different regions of Europe in order to commemorate the benefits of cooperation: film festivals, concerts, running races, local markets, gastronomic fairs… and more! Find an event in your city or nearby and come celebrate with us.