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Treaties of Rome: Guterres praises European integration in time of global division

NEW YORK/ROME, MARCH 24 – “At this time of global division the European vision of integration is more important than ever”, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a special message ahead of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome that established the European Economic Community and the EURATOM. “Throughout our history few treaties had such positive impact”, the former Portuguese Prime Minister said in a video-message of congratulations “to the members and the people of the Union for this remarkable achievement”.

Guterres recalled that in 1957 the six founding members met in the Palazzo Senatorio to lay the foundation of a even closer union. “They did not come together to craft history but to address the needs of their people. They sought lasting transformation in a continent ravaged by war to a prosperous and pacific union”, he said.

Speaking at a meeting of EU business associations, Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni called for European unity on the eve of celebrations in
the Italian capital for the 60th anniversary of the signing of
the Treaties of Rome. “We don’t want a divided Europe,” Gentiloni said adding that “Europe is united and indivisible, but we want to move forward on a common idea of Europe in areas such as defence, security. We need greater integration and we claim a global role for Europe”.

Attending the celebrations, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini called for a deeper integration. “Isolation won’t solve problems but make them worse. No country has the size or power to go alone in this world”, she said stressing that “nine months ago we had the UK referendum. Today 27 leaders meet in Rome to confirm their yes to EU”.

On the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, underlined the importance of this historic event and the need to persevere in building a safer and more prosperous Europe. Minister Alfano will participate in Pope Francis’s private audience for the 27 Heads of State and Government of the EU. Tomorrow, the Minister will attend the debate on the ‘Rome Declaration’ which will take place at Rome’s Capitol. (@OnuItalia)

 

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