Happy 60th birthday to the European Union! In 1951, the Republic of Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands established the primary step towards a greater independence which was the European Coal and Steel Industry. Six years later, the same six countries met in Rome in order to sign two treaties which resulted into the birth of the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community. The EEC continued to evolve to become what we know today as the European Union and since then, many other countries joined the EU, 28 in total to be exact!
Throughout the years, so much good came out of the collaboration of these countries. Amongst many others, some of the EU’s greatest achievements were and still are peace between the countries (especially after World War II), harmony, the coexistence between the 28 members brought together via commitments towards democratic values, rule of law, human ethics and respect for dignity and in many countries, a massive boost in the economy.
This did not occur over night, but instead due to a lot of hard work, collaborations and unity. Furthermore, the idea of this unification previously emerged from people with the same vision of looking beyond the narrow confines and thinking on a long-term basis for the benefit and peace of their nations. Needlessness to say there were many hiccups along the way, but the EU prevailed and grew pace by pace.
Thanks to a few visionary leaders, today we have the European Union and it showed to the world that together many things can be accomplished.