9 May 2017, the heads of state and government of the EU countries gathered in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which paved the way for a union of peace and prosperity throughout the continent.
Sixty years ago the leaders of the six founding member states gathered in Rome to put their signatures under the agreements that would create a European common market. The Treaties of Rome were signed on 25 March 1957 by representatives of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands; in which they agreed to establish a European Economic Community aiming to remove barriers to trade, and to foster cooperation in the use of atomic energy.
Economic integration based on the removal of customs duties among member states and the promotion of free movement of goods, services, capital and people, proved to be such a success that in the following years more and more countries in Europe began joining.
President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, leaders of political groups and vice-presidents travelled to Rome to hold meetings and take part in the celebrations over the weekend.
During a ceremony in Brussels, Tajani said: “Europe is our freedom, Europe is our future and that is what we should hand on to our children; a future of prosperity, of peace and of freedom.”
Written by: The UAIPIT Team
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