On may 9th 2021, we celebrated the 71th birthday of the Schuman Declaration which initiated the basis of one of the biggest and most promising political and economical projects of our modern history : The European Union.
Robert Schuman, known as the father of Europe used to say “ World peace can only be safeguarded by creative efforts, commensurate with the dangers that threaten it. The contribution of an organized and vital Europe can bring to civilization is indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations”.
Back in 1950, his main idea was to unify coal and steel production under a supranational “High Authority” in order for the participant countries to be more competitive and to initiate real European links for a lasting peace to be possible after years and years of durable conflicts.
Despite many internal and external challenges, our Union vigorously defends its democratic principles, the rule of law and fundamental rights, even though the desire for the strong man and sovereign and nationalist pressures are on the rise. The united Europe has not only represented the largest space of freedom, rights and protection for its citizens, but has also contributed to world stability and has represented a global political reference of civilizations, carrying values of freedom, peace, progress and social security beyond its borders.
It remains important, even years after, to commemorate this historical moment and this pass by implementing projects in link with european values and citizenship such as the NEW Schuman Declaration !
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