In order to mark the day when the construction of the European Union was started in its initial form (9 May 1950), the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University and the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey is “Commemorating Europe Day” on Monday, 9 May 2011 between 13:00hrs and 17:30hrs and on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 between 10:00hrs and 12:00hrs. The venue is the Cibali Auditorium at (Kadir Has University, Kadir Has Caddesi, Cibali – İstanbul).
On the 9th of May, the program includes a welcome address by the Rector of Kadir Has University, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aydin as well as presentations by representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey and the National Agency. The will also be a debate among foreign students on Erasmus exchanges currently in Turkey and Turkish students that have lived the Erasmus experience abroad. Finally, Turkish and foreign journalists will take part in a panel debate on “Understanding Europe.” On the 10th of May, the program includes a presentation of the European Voluntary Service.
Speaking on 9 May 1950, Robert Schumann said that "World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it. The contribution which an organized and living Europe can bring to civilization is indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations...Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity."
Sixty one years after Robert Schuman's speech, his words still resonate strongly and remind us wherever we might be that Europe and its political construct, the European Union, serve as a model of cooperation and hard fought solidarity that is still an inspiration for those that aspire to join its ranks and others that fight to create democratic societies in their own countries.
Other partners include three Kadir Has University student clubs – the European Union Club, the Political Science and International Relations Club, and the Erasmus Student Network.