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EU: Treaty of Rome 50th Anniversary

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 19 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will provide details of the celebration meetings organised by the Government directly, or on their behalf, throughout the United Kingdom to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the treaty of Rome. [HL2904]

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the treaty of Rome, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Department for Education and Skills and British Council recently launched the Learning Together initiative to encourage more schools in the UK to take part in educational partnerships with schools across Europe. Over the next year, this initiative will make information available to schools across the UK about the range of opportunities to develop such partnerships, and help schools that have not previously taken part in international activities to get involved. My right honourable friend the Minister for Europe, Geoff Hoon, launched the initiative with a reception at Lancaster House on 21 March; an event at Edgware Junior School on 22 March attended by my right honourable friend the Minister for Europe, my right honourable friend the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education (Bill Rammell) and the chair of the British Council; and an event at Eastwood Comprehensive School in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, on 23 March.

The FCO also hosted a conference organised by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies entitled “Reflections on European Integration: 50 Years of the Treaty of Rome”.