NEW YORK, MARCH 27 – “The Treaties of Rome established not only a common market, but a common space for democracy, solidarity and human rights”, the Italian permanent Representative to the UN Sebastiano Cardi said today at the official opening of an “Ever Closer Union”, a travelling exhibit at UN Headquarters organized by the Italian government to celebrate the first 60 years of the idea of a united Europe.
The 14 panels will be on view until March 31. Marking the historical landmarks of the Europe that we know today, the exhibition features documents and images from the Archives of the European Union, of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and of the Italian news agency ANSA. They illustrate the evolution of the project of European integration over the past 60 years.
“Sixty years ago six Founding Countries chose to come together embracing a common goal. Setting up the European Economic Community, they worked to strengthen economic cooperation and to enhance integration and growth. But the Treaty not only established a common market; in fact, it created a broader space devoted to the upper values of democracy, solidarity and respect for humanity. The Treaties of Rome ushered in for European citizens an era of prosperity, freedom and peace, transforming Europe from “a continent of war into a continent of peace”, Cardi said, stressing that as a current Member of the Security Council Italy has pledged to promote dialogue and solidarity. “We are inspired by these values and, in this perspective, we are happy to share this seat with the Netherlands, especially considering that we have a similar European history and with whom we are still fully committed to build a ‘ever closer union'”.
The European Permanent Representative to the UN, João Vale de Almeida, praised Italy’s role in the Union as symbolized by the fact that the founding documents of the EEC and EURATOM were signed in Rome. “The EU is alive and kicking, as we have seen at last week’s celebrations”, he said. “We are different, but our difference makes us stronger”, added the Maltese Ambassador, Carmelo Inguanez. Malta holds the rotating presidency of the Union. (@alebal)