United in diversity, the motto of the European Union, first came into use in 2000.
It signifies how Europeans have come together, in the form of the EU, to work for peace and prosperity, while at the same time being enriched by the continent’s many different cultures, traditions and languages.
Being a citizen of the European Union is first and foremost about peace. After the First World War, people said ‘never again’ and then we had the Second World War. The stepping stones to the European Union have helped us celebrate unity in diversity and reject the wars that have torn Europe apart for centuries.