Sixty-eight years ago today, French foreign minister Robert Schuman proposed a joint authority to oversee French and German production of coal and steel, launching an ambitious and remarkable project which has shaped the course of European history and redefined Europe's place in the world.
In her message on Europe Day 2018, HRVP Federica Mogherini affirmed: “In today's world, the European Union is more indispensable than ever. It is indispensable for our citizens, who need economic growth, jobs, security, opportunities and rights. (…)
The same is true for our partners – all those who want to work in a cooperative way to strengthen multilateralism, peace, sustainable development, free and fair trade, human rights and democracy. United, we stand with you. (…)
The European Union is a living project, adapting to and taking on new challenges with each passing year. We are determined that our project should continue to be a force for good in the world, and look forward to working with all our partners to this end.”