Ope­ning ce­re­mo­ny at Pa­ris Ci­ty Hall (24.03.17)

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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.

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