“The dream of a united Europe has offered a way of putting the nightmare of war behind us forever,” said Parliament President Antonio Tajani on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which paved the way for the EU. He and several other MEPs visited Rome on 24-26 March to mark the anniversary. “We should be proud of the legacy passed onto to our children: the freedom to travel, study, work, set up a business, innovate,” he said.
Tajani also signed the Declaration of Rome on behalf of the European Parliament. At the ceremony he highlighted the importance of the Treaties of Rome Treaties, which established the European common market, and pointed out there was still a lot of work that needed to be one:. “In this room, on 25 March 1957, our great adventure began... We need to complete this massive undertaking and exploit the potential which has not yet been tapped. And we must never forget what the cost would be, not only economically, without Europe.”
Over the course of the weekend, Tajani, accompanied by the Parliament's vice-presidents, quaestors and the leaders of the political groups, met Italian President Sergio Mattarella, the president of the Italian Senate Pietro Grasso, and the president of Italian Parliament’s lower chamber Laura Boldrini.
MEPs took part in discussions about the future of Europe and joined the March for Europe on Saturday that saw thousands of people peacefully demonstrate in the streets of Rome in support of the European project.
Tajani also visited the Vatican with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Council President Donald Tusk and the 27 EU heads of state and government to meet Pope Francis.
Before the celebrations in Rome, the Parliament delegation headed by Tajani took the time on Friday to visit the earthquake-stricken town of Norcia, central Italy, and expressed Parliament’s support for reconstruction efforts.
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Updated: ( 27-03-2017 - 16:22)