Rome Treaties: Belgrade exhibition celebrates EU dream

The Italian Ambassador to Serbia, Giuseppe Manzo has opened in Belgrade a travelling exhibition of archive documents and photographs titled “Ever closer Union: The Legacy of Rome Treaties for Today’s Europe”. At the opening, the ambassador said that the European Union started off as “a dream of few” and now it was “the dream of many”.

The exhibition can be seen at the Italian Institute of Culture and is created in honour of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties. Mr. Manzo said that the exhibition would travel across Serbia, and would be showcased in Zrenjanin, Nis, Novi Sad, Pirot and several other Serbian towns.

The opening was attended by the head of the Negotiating Team for Serbia’s Accession to the EU< Tanja Miscevic, and the head of the Unit for Serbia in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations.

Miscevic said that the Rome Treaties were one of the most important milestones in European history because they have facilitated “constant progress”. Wendt said that it was her “honour to open the exhibition on behalf of the European Union”, and added that “the Rome Treaties unified Europe and brought peace, prosperity and safety to it”.

The exhibition comprises of 14 panels with copies of the documents and photographs with captions and explanations which were prepared by the EU Historic Archive and Alcide de Gasperi Research Centre from the European University Institute. It is organized in collaboration with the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the National News Agency ANSA.

The exhibition was first opened in Rome, on 25th March, in honour of the signing of the Rome Treaties in 1957, followed by the openings in other European towns. The exhibition at the Italian Institute of Culture in Belgrade will be opened until 3rd May, after which it will leave for Zrenjanin.

(Blic, 26. 04.2017)

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