Whether you are a Robert Schuman fan or good at math, you might already know that we will celebrate in 2020 the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, which aimed at pooling together the European steel and coal production “as a first step in the federation of Europe.” Because yes, a European federation was the long-term goal of Schuman – and Monnet – and that still drives us European Federalists today!
But what is left of Schuman’s vision today? For JEF and the Union of European Federalists, the EU urgently needs a new impulse and, humbly walking in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers, invites European citizens to write their own Declaration through the project Schuman 2.0.
The project was informally launched on December 14 and 15, as 55 committed Europeans (including of course many JEFers) from 14 different countries volunteered as ambassadors and gathered in Brussels to be trained as facilitators.
Next step, the grassroots events:
If you are interested in the project, follow its outcomes in Lille (in partnership with Eurométropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai), Trieste, Tartu, Bilbao, Graz and Hamburg!
While awaiting the first event on 25 January at the Franco-Belgian border, you can already visit the website and – why not – submit your own Declaration. A nice European prize awaits the lucky winner…
From Pauline Laloux, Member of JEF Belgium