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Italian embassy marks 60 years of Treaties of Rome

By JT - Mar 25,2017 - Last updated at Mar 25,2017

AMMAN — Marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaties' of Rome signing, the Italian embassy on Thursday held an event at the Zara Centre to celebrate the occasion. 

Diplomats and representatives of governments attended the ceremony to mark the accomplishments of the treaties signed on March 25, 1957 and show their unity. 

The event consisted of a choir performance by the “Eurovox”, in addition to a photo exhibition titled “Ever Closer Union — The Legacy of the Treaties of Rome for Today’s Europe", according to a statement sent to The Jordan Times. 

The choir performed under the umbrella of the European Union National Institutes for Culture, which aims at “promoting cultural exchange and language learning through music”.

In the presence of six founding countries of the European Coal and Steel Community, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxemburg and the Netherlands, the Treaties of Rome marked the creation of the “Euratom” and the “European Economic Community” during the Messina Conference in Italy in 1955.

Italian ambassador to Jordan, Giovanni Brauzzi, said the treaties of Rome represented a “second chance given to the European Union’s dream”, as they were signed after the “failure of projects to establish a European Defence Community”.

He added that "the mantra of our times should be to invest in bridges, and not in walls”, voicing hope for the Levant region in the Arab world to build on Italy's previous experiences and learn from its mistakes. 

 

“Probably, water management may become for the Levant Region what sharing coal and steel has been for us in Europe: the beginning of a total new chapter in history,” the ambassador said.

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