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(20 March 2017) Portugal joins the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. The conference titled “60 years since the Treaties of Rome: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” organised by the Italian Cultural Institute of Lisbon and the Italian Embassy in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Portugal takes place at the Calouste Gulbenkin Foundation on March 20 and 21st. It will involve local university scholars and docents as well as certain deputies of the Portuguese Parliament to discuss the future of the Economic and Monetary Union. Umberto Gentiloni, Professor of Contemporary History at the Department of History, Culture, and Religion of the University of la Sapienza intervenes with the conference “The roots and reasons for Europe 60 years after the Rome Treaties”. Professor Gentiloni will also attend the inauguration of the touring exhibition “Europa 60 Anos” will be inaugurated on Wednesday March 21st at 12:00 at the Europe Space at the Representative body of the European Commission to Portugal. It is the Portuguese version of the historic-documentary exhibition “Ever Closer Union” promoted on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. It was inaugurated on March 17th at the Farnesina (Foreign Ministry headquarters) and it was also presented in other EU capitals such as Brussels, Helsinki, Paris, Frankfurt and Lisbon as well as cities outside the EU such as Algiers, Shanghai, and Kuala Lumpur.
The “Europa 60 Anos” exhibition consists of 14 informative panels grouped into four thematic sections that retrace the entire history of the European Union – from the Manifesto of Ventotene to date with documents, images, testimonials made available from the Historic Archives of the European University Institute, the Foreign Ministries of Italy and other member states. The historic context is followed by a documented reflection on the legacy of the Rome Treaties in the economic, social and international dimension of yesterday’s and today’s Europe. After it’s permanence in Lisbon, the exhibition will travel throughout Portugal to signal, along with other satellite events, the importance of this date for Europe.(© 9Colonne - citare la fonte)