On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, the Historical Archives of the European Union together with the Alcide de Gasperi Research Centre at the EUI, has created a travelling exhibition: Ever Closer Union – The Legacy of the Treaties of Rome for Today’s Europe (1957-2017) based on archival documents and images.

The purpose of the exhibition is to trace the history of European integration from the signing of the Treaties to the challenges now facing Europe.

The exhibition is composed of 14 panels reproducing documents, pictures and educational captions divided into 4 thematic sections:

  • A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
  • ECONOMIC EUROPE
  • THE SOCIAL DIMENSION AND EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP
  • EUROPE IN THE WORLD
  • FUTURE CHALLENGES FACING THE EU

A Historical Overview addresses the historic roots of the European Union from the Treaties of Rome to the contemporary Union; Unifying Europe through Economy and Law focuses on the economic and judicial legacy of the Treaties; Social Europe and the European Citizenship focuses on the legacy of the Treaties in the spheres of social policy and democratic participation; EEC/EU International Dimension addresses issues of the European international identity. A closing panel Future Challenges Facing the EU will focus on contemporary and future challenges of the EU.

The sixtieth anniversary of the Treaties of Rome will be marked throughout 2017 with a series of cultural, academic and sporting events.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commissionthe Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the National News Agency ANSA.