Celebrations for the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome
The Summit meeting held on 25 of March 2017 on Capitol Hill, in the Hall of the Horatii and Curiatii that formed the backdrop for the signing of the Treaties of Rome in 1957, represented a very relevant event to celebrate the results of a 60-year-long integration process and to concretely work on the future of the European project.
By signing the “Declaration of Rome” on that same 25 March, the 27 European leaders and top-ranking officials of EU Institutions renewed their confidence in the project for an “undivided and indivisible” Union, in which to act together in the same direction, if necessary at a different pace and intensity, leaving the door open to those members intending to join the process at a subsequent point in time. The goal for the future is ambitious: continue building a safe, prosperous and sustainable Europe, a social Europe with a stronger role on the world scene. Italy, as one of the Founding Countries, has a special responsibility in relaunching an “ever-tighter Union”, closer to its citizens.
In addition to contributing to outlining the content of the goals of the Summit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation promoted a number of events in Italy and in the world through its diplomatic and consular network and the Italian Cultural Institutes in order to highlight the relevance of the celebrations.
The Farnesina hosts conferences, debates and exhibitions
On 16 March 2017, the Farnesina organized a historic international Conference on the Treaties of Rome in conjunction with the European University Institute in Florence, convening top experts on the history of integration and with the coordination of Prof Antonio Varsori, President of the European Union Liaison Committee of Historians.
The event also featured the presentation of the first volume of the new thematic collection of Italian diplomatic documents entitled “Il rilancio dell’Europa: dalla Conferenza di Messina ai Trattati di Roma: 1955-1957” (“Relaunching Europe: from the Messina Conference to the Treaties of Rome: 1955-1957”), with a preface by Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, which documents the action of Italian diplomacy during the crucial years that led to the signing of the Treaties of Rome.
The 16th of March 2017 also marked the opening of the historic and documentary Exhibition entitled “Ever Closer Union”, organized in cooperation with the Department of European Policies of the Prime Minister’s Office and the European University Institute.
On 20 March 2017, the Farnesina hosted the Conference "EU60: re-founding Europe, the responsibility to propose", organized together with the Institute of International Affairs.
The Conference marked the conclusion of a research project developed more than a year and a half earlier in order to stimulate a reflection on the theme of “relaunching Europe” through the leitmotif of a differentiated integration, which was explored both from the perspective of institutional implications (including financial aspects) and of single sectoral policies (defence, CFSP, enlargement, migration).
On 27 April 2017, the Farnesina also hosted the high-level European Development Cooperation Conference with the aim of shedding light on the external dimension of the “solidarity-driven” Europe. The event put together a historic perspective with a lively debate that has unfolded over 2017 on the review of the so-called “European Consensus on Development”, the approach to the migration phenomenon, the "post-Cotonou" and the launching of the European External Investment Plan. The Conference was opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, and the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica. The Conference closed with remarks by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mario Giro.
Great mobilization of the diplomatic and consular network: more than 200 events in over 100 Countries
The Foreign Ministry’s overseas network mobilized to put in place an intense schedule of events celebrating the results achieved in Europe’s 60-year-long integration and stimulating a reflection on the future of Europe.
More than 200 events organized by 111 diplomatic offices became the on-site testimony of Italy’s proactive pro-European commitment ahead of the Rome Summit.
The events scheduled included the Concert by the National Symphony Orchestra promoted by the Italian Embassy in Washington, which was attended by Minister Angelino Alfano, and the events in Croatia, the Czech Republic and Switzerland that involved the Undersecretary for European Affairs, Sandro Gozi.
By sharing via the Cloud the material produced in the EU’s 24 official languages, the "Ever Closer Union" exhibition was organized by Italy’s diplomatic network in 67 exhibition spaces worldwide, including in institutional buildings (the UN Building in New York, the Palais des Nations Unies in Geneva, and the OECD building in Paris), Universities, historical centres and in the means of transport of numerous cities.
Because Europe is everybody’s common heritage.