A meeting was held in the European Parliament on Tuesday to promote an initiative for ‘Europe Day’ to become a public holiday across the EU with an aim to 'boost European sentiment'.
Europe Day (9 May) is currently not a public holiday across Europe, however, employees of EU institutions do have the day off.
According to Euractiv, the initiative argues that making it a public holiday would help build a stronger European identity among citizens.
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Maite Pagazaurtundua, a Spanish liberal MEP, joked saying it would “most probably be passed” in the February plenary session.
And while this all seems like a bit of a joke to poke fun at Brexit, it's actually 100% on the table as Croatian MEP Ivan Jakovčić says that "there is clear support from several parliamentary groups such as the Greens, the Socialists and ALDE."
"Having 9 May as a public holiday is not for the sake of holidays but so that we can show our unity and fight for our values,” he said during the event.
As it stands, Ireland currently has nine public holidays – but a tenth could be just around the corner.
The reason 9 May is celebrated is that on that day in 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented a declaration proposing the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, the precursor of today’s EU.