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60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome.

Signed on 25 March 1957, the Treaties of Rome established the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM).

The first Treaty, signed by high representatives from Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany, brought into existence the European Economic Community, also known as the Common Market. While its immediate objectives were to integrate trade and strengthen the economies of the area, one of its underlying political desires was to ‘lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the people of Europe’.

The EURATOM treaty instead was meant to contribute to the formation and development of Europe's nuclear industries so that all the Member States could benefit from the development of atomic energy and that the security of supply would be ensured. 

In 1972, representatives of these same six countries would sign the Convention establishing the European University Institute.  As stated in Article 2 of the convention, ‘The aim of the Institute shall be to contribute, by its activities in the fields of higher education and research, to the development of the cultural and scientific heritage of Europe […] It shall take into account Europe’s cultural and linguistic pluralism and relations with cultures outside Europe.’ 

The European University Institute is thus happy to join an initiative of Italy’s Presidency of the Council of Ministers to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaties of Rome with a series of cultural, academic and sporting events through 2017.

 

 

The Sounds of Europe


With the support of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, the European University Institute has organized a concert series to celebrate the diverse musical traditions found across Europe. The seven concerts will take place in important cultural institutions across Florence which have offered to host the events.

Concert Poster

1 March 2017 - 21.00
Orchestra dei Ragazzi della Scuola di Musica di Fiesole
Conductor: Edoardo Rosadini
Auditorium Cosimo Ridolfi, Firenze 

17 March 2017 - 20.00
Violin: Emanuele Brilli
Pianoforte: Irene Novi
Deutsches Institut di Firenze 

30 March 2017 - 20.00
Violoncello: Alain Meunier
Pianoforte: Anne Le Bozec
Institut français Firenze 

7 April 2017 - 18.00
Tenor: Stuart Patterson
Pianoforte: Nina Uhari
British Institute of Florence 
(Please note that seating is limited and registration is required. People will be registered on a first come first serve basis)

6 May 2017 - 13.00
Orchestra Cupiditas
Conductor: Pietro Mazzetti
Pianoforte: Antonino Siringo
European University Institute - Villa Salviati 

18 May 2017 - 20.00
Datura Brass
Le Murate 

26 May 2017 - 20.00
Guitar: Gabriele Putzulu
Centro de lengua española Firenze
(Please note that seating is limited and registration is required. People will be registered on a first come first serve basis)

Travelling exhibition: 'Ever Closer Union'


The Historical Archives of the European Union, together with the Alcide de Gasperi Research Centre at the EUI, has created a travelling exhibit entitled 'Ever Closer Union'.

The exhibit uses archival materials to visually illustrate the history of European integration, from the signing of the Rome Treaties to the present day.

The mobile exhibition will be hosted by, amongst other institutions, Europe Direct Information and Documentation Centres across Europe.

Exhibit Description

 

Prize for best EUI thesis in European integration


The EUI has decided to award a special prize for the best thesis in EU integration, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties.

Each department has nominated a thesis defended by an EUI researcher between 2015 and 2016 which contributes to research in EU integration, and which has an impact and relevance beyond a single discipline.

The prize will be awarded on 9 June 2017 at the EUI's annual conferring ceremony.


Academic events and seminars


17 March 2017
Workshop on 'The EU’s constitutional foundation and the Court of Justice, 1957-2017' organised by the EUI Department of Law and the Alcide de Gasperi Research Centre. Chair: Marise Cremona

21 April 2017
Workshop on 'Democracy and Citizenship in the EU' organised by the EUI Department of Political and Social Sciences and the  Alcide de Gasperi Research Centre. Chair: Stefano Bartolini

4 May 2017
State of the Union Conference Panel on 'The EU and the Challenge of Economic and Monetary Integration' organised by the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre and the Department of History and Civilization of the EUI. Chair: Youssef Cassis

5 May 2017
State of the Union Conference Panel on 'The European Union at Sixty' organised by the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre and the Department of History and Civilization of the EUI. Chair: Federico Romero

Open Days at the Historical Archives of the European Union


The Historical Archives of the European Union will open its doors to the public on 25 March for an athletic event 'Corri per l'Europa', in the gardens of Villa Salviati.

Organized in collaboration with the Gruppo Sportivo Le Panche Castelquarto, the event will offer racing circuits for runners of all ages, including a relay, a hill climb race and 1-mile race for adults, and gymkhana and cross country for children.

Write for further information and registration

On 6 May 2017, the Historical Archives will host an Open Day within the framework of the annual State of the Union Conference.

The 6 May programme will include music, guided tours of the archives, villa and grounds, educational activities and fun events for children of all ages. 

 

De Gasperi-Schuman Cup Regatta


The 2017 De Gasperi-Schuman Cup, organised by the EUI Rowing Club, is part of the EUI's celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaties. 

The regatta will be held at the Societa Canottieri di Firenze, Lungarno Medici 8, Florence.

8 April 2017 - 9:30 to 16:00

Page last updated on 17 August 2017

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