Under the motto "Europe in Bonn - Bonn in Europe", the City of Bonn regularly offers a wide range of events and activities around European topics. Events such as Bonn's Day of Europe or the Europe Week are particularly popular with the population and have become a good tradition.
Open letter to the European Council and its member states
In an open letter addressed to the European Council and its Member States, member cities of several major city networks have called for a more sustainable and equitable European future. To ensure the fast implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, the city leaders have called on the European Council to develop a just and inclusive European long-term climate strategy that enhances resilience and ensures a fast and equitable energy turnaround, and to align the EU's next multiannual financial framework with this strategy. Climate action is to be made a priority in all funding programmes and all Member States are to commit to binding targets for the reduction to zero net emissions and to the joint goals as outlined in the Mayors call.
“We are calling on national governments, the European Commission and EU parliamentarians to take more immediate and ambitious action to deliver on the Paris Agreement and prevent irreversible damage to our planet. As President of ICLEI, I request a European framework that facilitates multilevel acceleration of low emission development by 2030, aiming at climate neutrality before mid-century. As Mayor of Bonn, I am committed to leading by example to avert the climate impacts on people, nature and the economy,” said Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn and President of ICLEI at the time.
The European Election Year in Bonn
The European elections took place on 26 May 2019. 500 million EU citizens were called upon to elect 705 MEPs. The City of Bonn and its partner, Medienhaus Ströer, campaigned for a high turnout in the European elections and launched a wide-ranging outdoor advertising campaign. "Many forget how the opportunities, freedoms and open borders of the EU enrich our lives. This makes it all the more important to assume social responsibility and ensure that the next generations can also experience this and that the freedom for economic activity is not lost," said Ashok Sridharan who was Mayor at the time.
During a panel discussion in the Old Town Hall Bonn students presented their own election campaigns that they had drawn up in a previous social media workshop. Also, they were able to interview the participating panelists and obtain first-hand information around European affairs.
Day of Europe
Every year on the first weekend in May Bonn celebrates a Day of Europe, offering an extensive information and entertainment programme in the Old Town Hall in the city center, where European associations, organizations and institutions present their work.
This year, Europe Day could not take place as a face-to-face event due to the current pandemic development.
Therefore, the organizers relied on formats that could be realized even in times of necessary "social distancing" and under corona conditions.
For many years, the Europe Week has been well established in Bonn. During Europe Week, European activities such as related lectures, discussions and readings are organized to highlight the importance of Europe for its citizens. Numerous non-governmental organizations, associations, research institutions, federal institutions, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Union take part in Europe Week, which each year focuses on a different theme.
Europe in the Town Hall
Twice a year, this special educational programme and lecture series, organized in cooperation with Bonn’s Adult Education Center, invites to discussions of topical European issues with senior experts in the field.
European Annual Reception
European political actors discuss the future of Europe and current developments at the invitation of the City of Bonn, the regional representation of the European Commission and the European Union Germany Bonn/Rhine-Sieg Chapter.