23 Mar 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 23 MARCHBrussels Daily
The Treaties of Rome at 60: President Juncker participates in anniversary celebrations and leads discussion on the future of the EU at 27
President Juncker will be in Rome, Italy on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March to participate in events marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome – an occasion which paved the way for the creation of the European Union as we know it today. Tomorrow afternoon, President Juncker, accompanied by Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Thyssen, will attend an extraordinary meeting of EU social partners and EU institutions in the Palazzo Chigi, hosted by the Italian Prime Minister, to reaffirm the importance of Europe’s social dimension and to pave the way for progress on the European Pillar of Social Rights, as well as reflect on the social dimension of the EU within the framework of the White Paper on the future of the European Union. In the evening, President Juncker, along with Heads of State or Government of the European Union, will have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis in Vatican City before having a working dinner with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and Nicola Alemanno, the Mayor of Norcia – theItalian town devastated by an earthquake in October 2016 and where the European Commission is contributing to reconstruction efforts. On Saturday, President Juncker will participate in the official ceremony for the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome which takes place in Campidoglio. There he will join Presidents Tajani and Tusk as well as Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, and Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of Italy to deliver a speech. The 27 Heads of State or Government and the Presidents of the Institutions will then sign the Rome Declaration– in the room where exactly 60 years ago the Rome Treaties were signed. The Rome Declaration will feature the Union’s past achievements, present the challenges it faces and pledge to work for unity at 27 and strengthen common action in key policy areas, to the benefit of citizens. In that regard, it follows the presentation of the Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe published on 1 March, which sought to kick-start discussions on what future Europeans want for the European Union.
Commissioner Malmström in Portugal to discuss future of Europe and EU trade agenda
Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström is in Lisbon today, where she is participating in a Citizens’ Dialogue on the future of Europe and the ways ahead for the EU trade policy. On the eve of the 60 year celebrations of the Treaties of Rome, this event gives citizens the opportunity to exchange views with the Commissioner on the evolution of the EU in the years to come, following the publication of the Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe on 1 March.The dialogue will also cover the challenges of the intensive EU trade agenda. Later today, the Commissioner will engage in a debate on the EU-Canada trade deal in the Portuguese Parliament, together with Secretary of State for European Affairs, Margarida Marques, Canada’s envoy for the trade agreement with the EU, Pierre Pettigrew, as well as representatives of political parties. As part of the visit, Commissioner Malmström is also attending a hearing at the Portuguese Parliament with members of the committees for European Affairs, Economy and Foreign Affairs, and is meeting with Secretary of State for Trade Paulo Ferreira and Secretary of State for European Affairs Margarida Marques. EbS photo and video will be available. The Citizens’ Dialogue will be web-streamed here at 13:00 Brussels time, and a recording will be available here.