60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties, 25/03/2017

European Council
  • European Council
  • 25/03/2017
  • Rome
  • Chaired by Donald Tusk

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EU heads of state or government will meet in Rome, Italy, on 25 March, for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. This will be an occasion to reflect on the state of the European Union and the future of the integration process. The leaders are expected to adopt a declaration setting out a joint vision for the years to come. 

"This will be an opportunity to celebrate our history together and take stock of sixty years of integration. It is no secret that the historical moment we are facing requires deeper and more solid reflection on the challenges for the Union in the short and medium term."

President Donald Tusk, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in the invitation letter to the EU heads of state or government

Preparations for the anniversary

Visit to Rome 

A week before the celebrations President Donald Tusk visited Rome, where he participated in the Conference of Speakers of EU Parliaments on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. He also met with Italian President Sergio Mattarella. 

"The Rome Treaties began a process that has since brought many more countries back to freedom and prosperity again, east and west", said Tusk at the Senate of the Italian Republic on 17 March 2017.  "It has helped us to understand that when Europe is weak, her individual countries will be weak. If Europe is strong, her member states are strong."

Informal meeting in Brussels

On Friday 10 March the 27 leaders met informally in Brussels to prepare for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties and discussed the main elements of the Rome Declaration.

The debate focused on the EU future, including the idea of a multi-speed Europe.  

"When discussing the various scenarios for Europe, our main objective should be to strengthen mutual trust and unity among 27. And after today's debate I can openly say that all 27 leaders agree with this objective," said President Tusk at the press conference after the meeting.

Malta summit

Earlier this year, the 27 leaders also met in Malta to start preparations for the Rome anniversary. The discussions built upon the political reflection on the future of the EU with 27 member states, launched immediately after the UK voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 and continued in Bratislava on 16 September 2016.   

Programme

24/03/2017 15:30

(side event)

EU institutions presidents' meeting with the social partners (trade unions and business associations), hosted by the Italian Prime Minister

Palazzo Chigi

18:00

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Audience of EU heads of state and governments with Pope Francis

Vatican

25/03/2017 09:00

Arrivals

Campidoglio

10:00

Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties

Campidoglio

11:20

Ceremony of the signature of the Rome Declaration

Campidoglio

11:50

Family photo

Campidoglio

12:00

Press conference of Presidents Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker and Antonio Tajani, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat

Campidoglio

13:00

Lunch hosted by Italian President Sergio Mattarella

Quirinale

14:00

(side event)

March for Europe 2017

Background

Treaties of Rome were the founding treaties establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC), which were signed on 25 March 1957 and entered into force on 1 January 1958. 

With institutional structures similar to that of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the new communities also comprised four institutions: a Commission, a Council and, shared jointly with the ECSC, an Assembly and a Court.  

The first meeting of the Council of the EEC took place on 25 January 1958 under the chairmanship of Victor Larock, the Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister.

Last reviewed on 24/03/2017