In Focus: Treaties of Rome 60th anniversary and the European Union

Europe Day celebrations in Berlin

In Focus: Treaties of Rome 60th anniversary and the European Union

On 25 March 1957, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany signed the Treaties of Rome which created the European Economic Community and laid the foundations for the Europe we know today. On the 60th anniversary, our latest 'In Focus' looks at the Rome Treaties' significance and the European Union today.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome with a birthday cake in Portugal

Brief introduction: what are the Treaties of Rome?

For over sixty years, since the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community under the Schuman Plan in 1950, the European Communities and subsequently the European Union (EU) have brought their member states peace and stability. This year we mark 60 years of the Treaties of Rome, which are widely considered as the foundation of what we know as the European Union today.

Europe Day celebrations in Berlin

Symbols of the EU

The signing of the Treaty of Rome is now seen as a symbol of European peace and integration. In the subsequent 60 years, the European Union has adopted a number of official symbols from the iconic blue flag with golden stars as well as an official anthem and more.

Students at the University of Bonn

Erasmus - A 30 year success story

One of the European Union’s most successful undertakings is the Erasmus programme. Now in its 30th year, Erasmus has allowed almost 10 million European students to study, work or volunteer abroad.

The EU now consists of 28 member states

Ten reasons for Europe

Some may ask the question: "Do we still need the European Union?" The answer remains an unequivocal "Yes." Ten reasons are outlined here.

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Europe’s value

European Parliament

Europe has brought us peace and prosperity. Above all else, it is – now more than ever – a project to shape our future. We can master the tremendous challenges of our age only if we turn Europe into a truly global player.

European foreign policy

European flags

The sheer size of the European Union in economic, financial and trade terms makes it an important world power. The EU has a web of agreements with most countries and regions of the globe.