European Day of Peace Petition
The Pledge to Peace wants to petition the European Parliament for the creation of a European Day of Peace.
The intent of the Petition is creating an annual official day dedicated to the topic of Peace, bringing the attention of the institutions and the general public on this fundamental principle on which the European Union is founded.
The existing international days of peace are often concentrated on stopping armed conflicts, while Europe has the potential of presenting an idea of peace that encompasses every aspect of life, a perspective of true prosperity.
The European Peace Day would include events in every member state and will be open to celebrations organized by any organization, association or entity wanting to bring the topic of peace at the forefront.
To the Parliament of the European Union
PURSUANT TO ARTICLES 201 FF OF THE RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
We, as European citizens, call for the establishment of a yearly official "European Day of Peace", in order to promote with renewed commitment the founding ideals of the Union, for a society based on individual well-being of the citizens and harmonious coexistence between countries and peoples. Through the establishment of this symbolic day, Europe will be the bearer of a new idea of peace and prosperity, based on attention to personal aspirations, tolerance, dialogue and integration.
The European Day of Peace testifies to the universal value of peace for individuals and communities and promotes peace in civil society, the schooling system, cultural activities and political initiatives.
The request for the establishment of the European Day of Peace is based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union proclaimed in Nice in 2000, which declares the will of the people to share a peaceful future, and on the preamble to the UNESCO stating that "the defenses of peace must be constructed in the minds of men."
The European Peace Day underlines both the ideal and practical commitment of the European Union in favour of peace, recognized by the recent awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The promoters of the Petition are associations, educational bodies, institutions and organizations that are signatories of the Brussels Declaration of Intent conventionally called "Pledge to Peace", which commits members to a concrete action in favour of peace in their communities.
For these reasons, the undersigned ask the European Parliament to admit and approve this petition and its purpose, to subsequently establish the yearly European Day of Peace in a date to be determined and to promote such Day at institutional level in the European Parliament and in Member Countries.