Puberty or pension? – Europe 60 years after the Treaty of Rome
60 years ago, on 25 March 1957, the representatives of Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands signed the “Treaty of Rome” and thereby founded EEC and EURATOM. Together with the ECSC the European Communities were born, predecessors to today’s European Union.
With the Treaty of Rome, a worldwide unprecedented plan came into reality. Fuelled by the terrible memories of World War II and the desire for peace and prosperity, the creation of a single market and the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people let the continent flourish again and propelled the development towards a union of values.
Today however, all kinds of crisis are challenging this project. How can we successfully bridge the divisions in migration policy, regain trust and stability in the economy, and further guarantee European values and fundamental rights all over Europe? Recollecting the Treaty of Rome, what is needed to make the European Union once again a worldwide flagship for peace, democracy and prosperity?
President, Union of European Federalists Austria
Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to Austria (current EU Council presidency)
Amb. ret., fr. Permanent Representative of Austria to the European Union
Director General for Europe, Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
The debate is followed by a reception. Free entrance!
This event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is organised by the Union of European Federalists Austria jointly with JEF Austria and Europe Direct Vienna in the framework of the campaign “#WhtEPedfu”.