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EU leaders support joint future for Europe
On the 60th anniversary of the foundation of European cooperation, the EU leaders met in Rome. This was an occasion for reflecting on the history of the EU and for highlighting the EU’s many successes, but above all for looking to the future. The EU leaders adopted a declaration on a shared vision for EU cooperation in the coming years.
"Sixty years of peace, security and growth are worth celebrating", said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven after taking part in the anniversary celebrations in Rome.
On 25 March 1957, government representatives from Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy met in Rome to sign the Treaties of Rome. This was the start of the cooperation that has given the now over 500 million EU citizens the longest period of peace in Europe's modern history.
In spite of the many benefits of cooperation, the EU currently faces major challenges. Immediately after the referendum in the United Kingdom in June 2016, resulting in a vote to leave the EU, the EU leaders began a discussion on the future of the EU. In Rome, they expressed their support for a declaration on a shared vision for the future of the EU.
The declaration takes its cue from the ravaged Europe at the end of the Second World War and expresses pride in all that our cooperation has achieved; it affirms that the Member States must address challenges together.
"Now we have to look to the future. We need to create more jobs, combat climate change and find a way to deal with migration so that fewer people are forced to flee and so that all countries take their responsibility. We can and must do more in all of these areas", said Mr Löfven.
Mr Löfven began the visit in Rome by meeting the social partners, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and Estonia's Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, President of the European Council of Ministers in the second half of 2017.
The purpose of the meeting was to prepare the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth to which Mr Löfven and Mr Juncker will invite EU leaders and the social partners in November 2017.
Published by the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU