Opening ceremony at Paris City Hall (24.03.17)
The opening ceremony of the 60th anniversary of the treaties of Rome took place in the City Hall of Paris on the morning of March 24th. Representatives from civil society and institutions came together to discuss European construction, its achievements and challenges and the future of Europe.
Hermano SANCHES RUIVO, local counciller in charge of Europe introduced the ceremony expressing what European citizenship meant to him. Heartfelt speeches from Olivier MOUSSON, Secretary General of the MEF; Thierry LIBAERT, Representative of the European economic and social committee; Isabelle JEGOUZO, Chief of the representation in France of the European commission, Pervenche BERES and Constance LE GRIP, European Members of Parliament. While some of the speakers underlined with a touch of nostalgia how Europe had rhymed with peace throughout the years, others based their speeches on the current geopolitical situation. They supported that the solutions to the challenges we are facing have to be dealt with common efforts and solidarity. Freedom, peace and justice, europeans values, were the focus point of all the speeches. The cross testimonies on the other hand dealt with a wide range of topics such as environment, humanitarian and social issues, training and youth with the participation of Adrien TOMARCHIO from ACTED; Marion LE GOURLAY, who undertook a European Civil Service in Poland and Bert LUYTS from the delegation of ATD Quart Monde at the European union.
The guest of honour, Christos STYLIANIDES, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management relentlessly reminded the role of the European union in our everyday life, the importance of not taking for granted what the EU gives us but to continue to ight and stay on the same track we have been following for the past 60 years.