Commemoration of the 60 years of the Treaty of Rome

30th March 2017

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Foundation has organised within its walls on Thursday, 30th of March and in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, a commemorative event reuniting for a night the six ambassadors of the founding member states of the European communities in Bern (Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands).

Gilles Grin, director of the Foundation, presented a historic introduction on the theme “Jean Monnet and the treaties of Rome”. The six ambassadors were then invited to take a seat on the podium for a discussion moderated by Chantal Tauxe, journalist, concerning their personal experience of European construction. The ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union, H.E. Michael Matthiessen, closed the evening by giving a future perspective to the event.

Enjoying the last rays of sun of a bright spring day, the panellists and guests were invited to pursue the evening around a cocktail-dinner in the Ferme de Dorigny.

Introduction by Mr Gilles Grin “Jean Monnet and the Treaty of Rome”

Conference-panel “The European integration in the light of the six founding member states” with the participation of:

  • H.E. M. Frank Recker, ambassador of Belgium
  • H.E. Dr. Otto Lampe, ambassador of Germany
  • H.E. Mme Anne Paugam, ambassador of France
  • H.E. M. Marco Del Panta, ambassador of Italy
  • H.E. M. Marc Thill, ambassador of Luxemburg
  • Mr Kees Smit Sibinga, Chancelor, Dutsh Embassy

Conclusions by H.E. Mr Michael Matthiessen: “What future for the European Union at 60 years from the Treaty of Rome?”