Indeed, EU chiefs were celebrating Europe Day with 140 events across the continent – although almost half of them are happening in Brussels. There was even one in the UK with the European Commission confirming a Euro knees-up was being held at St John’s Smith Square in London. Europe Day is held on May 9 every year, the day after VE Day, which commemorates the defeat of Hitler’s Nazi Germany, and is aimed at celebrating “peace and unity” in Europe.
However critics say some pro-EU supporters conflated the celebration of pan-European peace with the European Union.
A statement carried on the EU’s website said: “Celebrate Europe Day 2019 at the European institutions with the annual Open Day in Brussels on 4 May, in Luxembourg on 9 May and in Strasbourg on 19 May.
“Local EU offices in Europe and all over the world also organise a variety of activities and events for all ages.
“The Open Day is a unique opportunity for you to discover how the European institutions affect your life.
“Step inside the institutions’ buildings and take part in special activities, such as public debates and guided tours.”
A Commission spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “The Representation in London is co-hosting a classical music concert organised by the European Parliament Office, the Romanian Embassy in London and the Romanian Cultural Institute.
“Romania is currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“As far as I am aware, our offices in devolved regions are not organising any events.”
The European Parliament’s Brexit representative Guy Verhofstadt tweeted: “My wish on #EuropeDay? That Europeans can continue to build a continent of freedom, solidarity, opportunity & peace.
“We have achieved so much in our post-conflict history, let’s keep on dreaming of a brighter future together!”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan posted: “Today is #EuropeDay, a day to celebrate peace and unity in Europe.
“The one million+ EU citizens in London are our friends, neighbours and colleagues – and they will always be welcome here.”
Meanwhile, European Union leaders meeting in Romania sought to emphasise their goal of staying united “through thick and thin” after the turmoil of Brexit – while gearing up to assign the bloc’s most powerful jobs.
The leaders of all members except Britain meet in the town of Sibiu, which has German and Hungarian roots, 15 years after the EU’s expansion east finally consigned the Iron Curtain that had divided Europe since World War Two to history.
Europe Day marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration’.
At a speech in Paris in 1950, then-French foreign minister Robert Schuman set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would help ensure against future wars.
Mr Schuman’s initial vision was to create a European institution which would pool and manage coal and steel production.
A treaty creating such a body was signed within a year, with Mr Schuman’s proposal widely regarded as the cornerstone of the European Union.