Let us all celebrate European values

eu-LISA is celebrating Europe Day on 9 May in Tallinn's Freedom Square, together with the European Commission Representation in Estonia.

It is the day when all Europeans look back and ahead to the journey of the European Union and its people towards solidarity, freedom and justice for all. It is the day on which we rejoice over our common European values.

"I recalled today what I said last year. A year ago, there were two words that immediately came to mind: 'Hope' and 'Trust'. Right now, we cannot but think yet again about these two words. Today they stand out even more clearly, however, in an entirely different context.

We hope that peace will return to the continent and we work hard to assure trust in the power of European values, which make us show solidarity towards the Ukrainian people, response to violence and support to those in need," said Krum Garkov, Executive Director of eu-LISA.

"eu-LISA, which is instrumental in handling the pressure being exerted on EU external borders at the moment, is doing its part by building the digital future of Europe. 2022 has been declared the European Year of Youth, and, as we all know, young people are the future. We are helping to build a secure and stable future for ourselves, but mostly for them. Together with the EU community and the Member States we can rely not only on hope but even more on our strength, which we must have in order to do the hard work of keeping the digital heart of Schengen healthy," he concluded.

Under the overarching theme of 2022, the European Year of Youth, the celebrations will target mostly students, who will be able to participate in the "My Europe" orienteering game in six Estonian cities. Students – as well as all other Estonians wishing to participate – can do so through the Navicup app, which will display a map of the city they are currently in, with checkpoints they have to reach and where they will answer quiz-style questions regarding the European Union. The competition allows users to choose from four trail options, and eu-LISA will be featured on the digital trail.

The Agency's own online quiz challenges players to test their knowledge on topics regarding how the Schengen Area and the EU work, and how eu-LISA does its part in ensuring free movement and safe travel across Europe.

The EU institutions invite people to a wide range of online and on-site activities across the EU Member States, as well as in the homes of the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. Information of what is happening across the EU can be found on the Europe Day 2022 website.

Each year, eu-LISA also takes part in the EU Institutions' joint social media campaigns for Europe Day, relaying key messages on our website and social media channels, to promote the EU Agencies' joint efforts in serving EU citizens. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media channels for updates: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.

Let us all celebrate Europe Day and European values!

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