A moment of remembrance and solidarity

24 March 2021

Europe has paused this noon. All over the continent this Wednesday, people were observing a minute’s silence for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I want to thank all who joined us for this European moment of remembrance and solidarity,” said Dario Nardella, President of Eurocities and Mayor of the Italian city of Florence.

One year after the outbreak of the pandemic, Eurocities had called for a “collective moment of remembrance”. Nardella invited everyone to “pause for a minute: to think of those who have passed away, and all of those who have suffered loss; to honour those feeling the consequences of the pandemic; to think with gratitude of all who keep things going in this crisis; and to reflect on our own situation – to take a breath for a moment.”

In Eurocities’ member cities, and beyond, people held a minute’s silence together, in different ways, as is possible under the current restrictions: from physically distanced gatherings of colleagues in city halls and offices – as in Nicosia or Logroño –, to city councils interrupting their meetings – as in Vienna and Munich –, to pausing online conferences – as in Helsinki –, to ringing bells in the city – as in Leipzig and Stuttgart –, to stopping public transport for a moment, as in Budapest and Berlin.

“It was a strong sign of togetherness across borders,” Nardella said. “With this spirit, we will overcome the crisis, together.”

Take a look below at some of the cities together in the moment across Europe:


Minute of silence in Bilbao City Hall © City of Bilbao


Minute of Silence in Helsinki City Hall © City of Helsinki



Minute of Silence with Muenster Mayor Markus Lewe © City of Muenster


Minute of Silence in the City Council of Nicosia © City of Nicosia


Minute of Silence in the General Assembly of the City Council Munich © City of Munich


A minute of silence with Dr Michael Ludwig, Mayor of Vienna © City of Vienna


Comune di Pesaro: Deputy Mayor Daniele Vimini and President of the City Council Marco Perugini observing the minute of silence

Cities that took part in the European Minute of Silence included Arezzo, Berlin, Bilbao, Bonn, Bruchsal, Budapest, Burgas, Cesena, Cologne, Debrecen, Dublin, Duesseldorf, Espoo, Essen, Florence, Gdansk, Helsinki, Leipzig, Logrono, Muenster, Munich, Nicosia, Oulu, Pesaro, Pescara, Pforzheim, Rotterdam, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tampere, Terrassa, Turin, Turku, Vantaa, and Vienna.

You can watch a short recording of the livestream from 12:00 on Wednesday here: