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Today and tomorrow Vice President of the Riigikogu Enn Eesmaa attends the Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments, held in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. Besides the chairpersons of the European parliaments, the current and former leaders of the European Union will also participate in the event.

Eesmaa considers the coming anniversary conference very important, as it symbolically emphasises the strength and vitality of the European Union that was born sixty years ago. “Emphasising the importance of unity and cooperation is more necessary than ever before, because in spite of the disagreements and problems that have emerged, it is time to preserve the common values that the EU guarantees to its Member States,” Eesmaa said. He added that, over 60 years, Europe had survived several crises that weakened it, and at the same time also made it stronger. The nations of the European Union are united by four fundamental freedoms. They are the free movement of persons and services, free movement of goods, and free movement of capital and payments in the EU.

In Eesmaa’s opinion we should admit that without the Treaties of Rome, we would not have such European Union, or such Estonia, where the principles of the rule of law and democracy are respected. The Treaty of Rome brought along peaceful European lifestyle and the so-called European spirit. “But close cooperation between countries is necessary to preserve all that,” Eesmaa emphasised.

The Treaty of Rome is the treaty concluded between Belgium, France, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and West Germany in 1957, which established the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community. The Treaty provided for establishing the European single market, free movement of capital and labour, gradual abolishing of customs tariffs and trade barriers, etc. were agreed upon.

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert, former President of the European Commission Romano Prodi, leaders of the Parliament of Italy and other leading politicians of the EU will speak at the Conference on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Riigikogu Press Service
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