The Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

Rome, Italy, 24-25 March 2017


The Treaty of Rome was signed in the so-called Eternal City of Rome exactly sixty years ago, on 25 March 1957. Together with the Treaty of Paris of 1951, the Rome Treaty is the most important legal basis for the modern-day European Union. This epoch-making document laid down the key foundations of the greatest integration of peoples and nations in European history that made Europe one of the most peaceful, prosperous, stable and advanced regions of the world.

The 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty is an important opportunity to remind ourselves of the original goals of European integration and the achievements the idea of united Europe has brought to our continent over the past six decades. The Institute of European Democrats will do this at the conference titled "Europe's Future Hangs in the Balance - Proposals for a EU Refunding" that will take place in the heart of the Italian capital on Friday 24 March 2017. This conference will be the part of the official celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and will host the speakers such as the EDP co-presidents Francesco Rutelli and François Bayrou, the president of the Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini, several members of the Italian governments including Sandro Gozi, the vice-president of the European Parliament David Sassoli, or the head of the European Movement of Italy Pier Virgilio Dastoli talking about the future of Europe and its unavoidable refoundation. On Saturday 25 March 2017, the IED representatives will participate on the March for Europe that will gather hundreds of Europeans who believe in a strong, united and democratic Europe

The fundamental legacy of the Rome Treaty needs to serve the EU Member States as a recipe how to resolve the serious crises the EU is facing nowadays and re-unite all Europeans for a common path towards an "ever closer union".

Read our special publication dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.