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The European Union celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties

Published Saturday March 25 2017

On 25 March, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel participated in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome that created the European Economic Community, which has since become the European Union. In Rome, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union Member States were gathered to reflect on the future of the European integration project, which has brought decades of continuous peace to the European continent as well as prosperity and common purpose to its members. In the same room where the Treaties were signed 60 years ago, they signed a solemn declaration to renew their commitment to the European Union, which reads “We, the Leaders of 27 Member States and of EU institutions, take pride in the achievements of the European Union: the construction of European unity is a bold, far-sighted endeavour. Sixty years ago, recovering from the tragedy of two world wars, we decided to bond together and rebuild our continent from its ashes. We have built a unique Union with common institutions and strong values, a community of peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, a major economic power with unparalleled levels of social protection and welfare.”
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25 March 1957: Joseph Bech and Eugène Schaus sign for Luxembourg.

Prime Minister Bettel declared after the ceremony : “The enemies of yesterday are seated at the same table today. Within 60 years, enemies have become partners working together for the well-being of European citizens. That is one of the biggest achievements of the European Union. The Union has largely improved the daily lives of our citizens. It is our role, as politicians, to constantly remind our citizens of these benefits.”  

25 March 2017: Prime Minister Xavier Bettel signs the Rome Declaration for Luxembourg.