Twenty-Seven nations of the European Union(EU) are meeting today at a summit in the Italian capital, to celebrate the 60th anniversary signing of the Treaty of Rome, in 1957, which created the European Economic Community(EEC), the forerunner of the present-day powerful economic block, the EU.
Members will sign a new declaration at today's summit to honor the 1957 Treat and to hereby affirm continuance to a deeper union despite the forthcoming departure of the United Kingdom(UK), which shocked the world and narrowly voted last year to leave the economic-powerhouse union. The UK is not attending today's summit.
Yet, founding partners, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany(now Germany), along with members Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, stand staunchly committed to the continuity of the union.
Pope Francis yesterday welcomed the 27-nations to the Vatican on the eve of the anniversary of the Treaty, according to the BBC-News. In a speech, the BBC-News reported that the Pontiff warned members that all organisms risked dying if they didn't look forward, hence, he challenged the union to approach the future with renewed vigor, while he cautioned about "false forms of security" promised by populists, who want to wall themselves off. Pope Francis urged the EU to seek greater solidarity.