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. This project – of peace, of partnership, of shared values and solidarity – is far from over.
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.
And our citizens know very well that, in a global world, we can only achieve results if we stand united, as the European Union.
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.
We stand with you for security and peace, in our region and beyond. We are investing heavily in our security capabilities, for the defence of our Union but also to prevent conflicts and promote peace around the world.
We stand with you for sustainable development and growth. We are investing more around the world in development cooperation, in clean energy and mitigating climate change, in research and education, and much more.
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.
Happy Europe Day!