The celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome began on Friday 24 March in Rome. Commenting on the importance of the anniversary, Greens/EFA co-president Ska Keller said:
"This is not the best moment to be celebrating the European Union. With crisis following crisis, and Brexit approaching, the Union faces major challenges. However, the idea of European cross-border cooperation is still the best one that we have for securing a better future. If the EU is to survive, and the people of Europe to regain their enthusiasm for it, it must evolve."
Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts added:
"The European Union must not serve only the few. We want a social European Union in which prosperity is shared by all. We want a fair European Union with equal rights for all; an open, democratic and free society, with a humane refugee and migration policy. We need now to remember the shared values that have helped secure peace on this continent over the past decades. We cannot afford a relapse into the nationalism that we have seen in some member states."