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Commemorating Europe Day

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    From left are Visiting Professor Romain Pasquier; Ph.D. student and research assistant Melanie Goergmaier; UM Professor of International Studies and Jean Monnet Chair Joaquin Roy; and E.U. Fellow in Residence Francisco Acosta Soto.

    Joaquin Roy, professor of international studies and Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Miami European Union Center, welcomed students and faculty to an open house on the Coral Gables campus to commemorate Europe Day last Tuesday.

    Among those in attendance were visiting professor from the University of Rennes, Romain Pasquier, E.U. Fellow in Residence Francisco Acosta Soto, and retired Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Volker R. Anding.

    Europe Day, held every May 9, is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historic declaration delivered in 1950 by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman in Paris. The proposal, considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union, set out new ideas that would eventually form political cooperation in Europe and make war among Europe’s nations unthinkable.

    The ideas were originally crafted by Jean Monnet, a French political economist and diplomat who is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the European Union.


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