EUROPA stamps are issued by European postal administrations for the promotion of philately and are intended to build awareness of the common roots, culture and history of Europe and its common goals. As such, EUROPA stamp issues are among the most collected and most popular stamps in the world.

The first EUROPA issue was released on 15 September 1956. The postal administrations of the founding six members of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) issued stamps with a common design: a tower made up of the letters of the word “EUROPA” and surrounded by construction scaffolding. In 1959, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) was formed, and from 1960 the initials “CEPT” were displayed on the joint issue stamps.

When CEPT decided to focus more on telecommunications in 1993, PostEurop took over the management of the Europa issues. The CEPT logo was replaced by a new logo created by PostEurop, i.e. the word “EUROPA” leaning to the right. In order to promote EUROPA issues among philatelists, in 2002 PostEurop created an annual competition of the “Best EUROPA stamp”. Until 2006, only representatives of the various postal administrations were entitled to elect the best EUROPA stamp during the Plenary Assembly of PostEurop, but since 2007, the winner is elected through an open and public voting procedure on the PostEurop website. A new logo was initiated in January 2011 including a symbolic reminder of the mailbox.

In 2020 the joint stamp series of the European countries is dedicated to the theme of ancient postal routes, and the designs without exception have been outstanding.

PostEurop began the 2020 competition with online balloting starting 9 May, despite the fact that a number of designs and issues have been delayed due to the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  The deadline for entries is 9 September.

At this point, Greenland’s EUROPA stamp is scheduled for release on 14 September.  Images have yet to be revealed but the description is interesting:

On one of his flights via Greenland, legendary Charles Lindbergh also acted as postman. This subject has been reproduced on two stamps, which will be offset printed and issued as full sheets and as a self-adhesive booklet containing six of each of the two EUROPA stamps.

Hopefully, the design announcement (probably in the August issue of Greenland Collector) will come in time to receive a few votes in the competition.

What follows is a listing of the EUROPA stamps issued or scheduled for release in 2020.  Links lead to the original articles (with images) here on Philatelic Pursuits. Please note that several of the issuing entities are not recognized by either the Universal Postal Union or PostEurop and are thus ineligible for the competition.

 Åland : released on 08 May 2020

 Andorra (French Administration) : released on 12 May 2020

 Andorra (Spanish Administration) : released on 14 May 2020 (postponed from 23 April)

 Armenia : release TBA

 Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) : released 15 May 2020

 Austria : released on 08 May 2020

 Azerbaijan : release TBA

 Azores : released on 25 May 2020

 Belarus : released on 05 May 2020

 Belgium : release on 15 June 2020

 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH Pošta) : released 08 May 2020

 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croatian Administration) : released on 05 April 2020

 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Serbian Administration) : release TBA

 Bulgaria : released on 12 June 2020 (postponed from April)

 Croatia : released on 08 May 2020

 Cyprus : released on 04 May 2020

 Czech Republic : released on 22 April 2020

 Denmark : released on 11 May 2020

 Estonia : released on 14 May 2020

 Faroe Islands : released on 27 April 2020

 Finland : released on 06 May 2020

 France : released on 11 May 2020

 Germany : released on 07 May 2020

 Gibraltar : released on 08 May 2020

 Greece : released on 08 May 2020

 Greenland : design TBA; release on 14 September 2020

 Guernsey : released on 01 April 2020

 Hungary : released on 04 May 2020

 Iceland : released on 07 May 2020

 Ireland : design TBA; release on 16 July 2020 (postponed from 16 May)

 Isle of Man : released on 22 April 2020

 Italy : design TBA; release on 29 June 2020 (postponed from 8 May)

 Jersey : released on 07 April 2020

 Kazakhstan : design & release TBA

 Kosovo : released 10 June 2020

 Latvia : released 08 May 2020

 Liechtenstein : released on 02 March 2020

 Lithuania : released on 12 June (postponed from 24 April)

 Luxembourg : released on 09 June 2020 (postponed from 05 May)

 Madeira : released on 25 May 2020

 Malta : released on 09 May

 Moldova : design & release TBA (postponed from March)

 Monaco : released on 06 May 2020

 Montenegro : released on 09 May 2020

 Netherlands : released on 11 May 2020

 North Macedonia : released on 08 May 2020

 Northern Cyprus : design & release TBA (postponed from 12 March)

 Norway : released on 17 April 2020

 Poland : released on 29 April 2020

 Portugal : released on 25 May 2020

 Romania : released on 09 April 2020

 Russia : released on 15 January 2020

 San Marino : released on 24 March 2020

 Serbia : released on 05 May 2020

 Slovakia : released on 30 April 2020

 Slovenia : released on 29 May 2020

 Spain : released on 14 May 2020 (postponed from 23 April)

 Sweden : released on 30 April 2020

 Switzerland : released on 07 May 2020

 Turkey : released on 09 May 2020

 Ukraine : release TBA

 Vatican City : release on 23 June 2020

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