PRESS RELEASE: ‘We must use the Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome to renew the EU’

European Movement Ireland Statement on the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Dublin, Friday 24 March, 2017:  Tomorrow, on Saturday 25 March 2017, the leaders of 27 EU Member States will meet in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.  The leaders of the EU27 and EU Institutions are expected to adopt a declaration setting out a joint vision for the future of the Europe, which follows a White Paper presented by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in which five possible scenarios for the future of the EU were outlined.

Speaking earlier today, Chairperson of EM Ireland, Maurice Pratt, said: “The Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957 and established the European Economic Community (EEC), which paved the way for the European Union (EU).  The Treaty’s six founding members, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, West Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, called for the ‘peoples of Europe who share their ideal to join in their efforts’.  We in Ireland answered this call in 1972 and since then have participated fully in a community which has now grown to a Union of over 500 million people.”

Mr Pratt added: “While the EU is far from perfect, it has facilitated an unheralded age of peace in Europe”.

EM Ireland’s Executive Director, Noelle O Connell, also speaking today, stated:  “It is only right, on the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty which laid the foundations for this exceptional period of peace, that we pay tribute to its achievements, despite the many challenges it faces”.

Ms O Connell continued: “The underlying message of the ‘Rome Declaration’, to be adopted by the leaders of the 27 Member States and EU Institutions, will be a call for unity, just as it was when the six founding members signed the Treaty of Rome 60 years ago.  We must use this anniversary as an opportunity to safeguard, re-think and progress this vision in the 21st century.” 

She concluded: “EM Ireland is determined to play its part in this.  We will continue to facilitate and promote the debate on the future of Europe across all sectors of Irish society and engage actively on this basis.”




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