According to the JEF - the Young European Federalists:
"What makes Europe Day 2010 even more special is the fact that it will be the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.
On the 9th May 1950, Robert Schuman changed the course of European history. Schuman was bold and visionary, yet also down to earth. He presented his proposal for an organized Europe as an indispensable tool for the maintenance of peace on the continent. This proposal led to the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community which immediately provided for the setting up of common foundations for economic development between France and Germany. The forefather of the EU was founded."
Shit! If only I'd known, I'd have bought an EU flag and burnt it.