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Europe Day

Europe Day, celebrated each year on May 9, commemorates the date of the 1950 Schuman Declaration, which led to the creation of the European Coal & Steel Community and later to the European Union.

To celebrate, the European Union Center gives away free espresso on Red Square at the UW. Those who wish to test their knowledge about Europe and the EU can attempt Europe-themed trivia questions for the chance to win a variety of prizes!

Now, you can try an online sampling of the trivia questions asked, by clicking here. Sorry, no coffee in this version!

Current and Past Europe Day Events:

Europe Day 2015

The European Union Center once again commemorated the spirit of Europe Day by holding one public lecture on the UW campus and co-sponsoring a second presentation in downtown Seattle. On May 5th, Valerie Beaulieu, Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft Advertising, gave the presentation "From Europe to the USA: A Woman in IT Leadership Journey" in downtown Seattle. The talk, hosted by Stoel Rives LLP and co-sponsored with the French-American Chamber of Commerce in the Pacific Northwest, brought about a lively discussion on gender and the information technology field, and provided both UW students and the private sector participants with a better understanding of the challenges and developments within the sector.

Our Center was also pleased to host Adrienne Heritier Professor of Political Science, European University Institute on May 13th for her talk "Institutional Change in Europe" held in the Allen Auditorium Library on the UW campus. Ms. Heritier discussed institutional rules, new economic and financial governance, and external trade relations within the European Parliament. Audience members raised a number of questions which sparked lively discussions stemming from the presentation.