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50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome: Berlin Declaration signed today

Berliner Erklärung

At the official ceremony in the German Historical Museum in Berlin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel as President of the European Council, President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso today sign the so-called "Berlin Declaration".

The Berlin Declaration pays tribute to the progress Europe has achieved over the past 50 years. The European Union is more than just a common economic space. It is also a community of shared values. This foundation of shared values and common outlook on life is crucial if Europe as a political entity is to remain able to act. The Berlin Declaration is hence a reaffirmation, too, of the fundamental values that unite people across the European Union. The Declaration also addresses the tasks ahead, the challenges of the 21st century that Europe can tackle successfully only by a united effort.

With the Berlin Declaration the 27 member states together with the European Commission and the European Parliament have directed the European Union towards inspiring goals, thus lending Europe new momentum.

The Berlin Declaration is available in all 23 official languages of the European Union.


Please find further information about the Informal Meeting of the Heads of State and Government here.

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Date: 26.03.2007