Schuman's vision for a united Europe celebrated on May 9

The European Commission Representation in Greece will celebrate Europe Day on May 9 in Messolongi, office head Panos Karvounis said on Wednesday, warning about the danger of euroscepticism and populism threatening Europe.

The anniversary also celebrates the 65th anniversary of the official presentation by then French foreign minister Robert Schuman, who presented the idea of political collaboration among European countries in order to avert another war, in Paris in 1950. His proposal is considered the precursor of the European Union.

The main event for the day in Messolongi will be accompanied by others in several Greek cities on different dates; all are organised with the collaboration also of the European Parliament representation in Greece.

"Europe is unfortunately being attacked by internal enemies who threaten to break it apart, not in depth but across, from one end to the other - euroscepticism and populism," Karvounis said. "It's a wave that if left unreversed can damage irrevocably Europe and Greece... Let us stay by Europe's side. I firmly believe that it continues to comprise the best possible choice for our country."

Besides in Athens and Thessaloniki, events will also be held in Florina, Ioannina, Iraklio (Crete), Kalamata, Karditsa, Lamia, Larissa, Mytilini, Nafplio, Rhodes island and Xanthi.

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