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Ever Closer Union

"Ever Closer Union - An increasingly united Europe" is a travelling exhibition. Available in 29 languages, the exhibition has been travelling since 2017 across 120 European and non-European countries with the purpose to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome.

The authors. The exhibition is a best practice of interinstitutional collaboration: the European University Institute has provided for the design and contents; the European Parliament for the translation of the texts; the Council of the European Union for the website and the catalogue; the European Commission, together with the archival services of the other institutions and ANSA (Italian press agency), for the iconographic and audiovisual materials. As for the Italian Government, two institutions were involved in the initiative: the Department for European Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers has ensured the organization in Italy, whilst the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) was entrusted with the exhibition abroad, together with the European Parliament and the European Commission (for the EU Member States). The MAECI also hosted the exhibition's opening ceremony in Italy.

The contents. The contents are provided by the Historical Archives of the European Union and are meant to retrace the whole European integration history, from the Manifesto of Ventotene to our present days, through documents, images and testimonies collected into 14 panels composing four thematic sections. The historical introduction is followed by documented reflection on the legacy of the Treaties of Rome in the economic, social and international dimension of yesterday's and today's Europe with a look at the challenges of the future. In February 2019, the Italian version of the exhibition was enriched with two panels offered by the Historical Archives of the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The places. The exhibition "Ever Closer Union - An increasingly united Europe", inaugurated on March 16, 2017 in Rome, has travelled in 2017-2018 across Italy, the EU countries and the rest of the world: from Brussels to Helsinki, from Paris to Lisbon, from Frankfurt to Algiers and from Shanghai to Kuala Lumpur. More than 200 locations involved. Many non-European countries that have hosted the exhibition have chosen to translate contents into their own language.

The opening. The exhibition was opened to the public on March 31, 2017, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the "Open to you" event. On the same day, the English version of the exhibition was hosted at the Campidoglio, where the Treaties were signed, during the simulation of plenary session of the European Parliament involving 250 young, with the participation of the European institutions. 

The italian tour. After the twin exhibitions on 31 March, the Italian tour is constantly updated, has reached number of cities where the exhibition was hosted, mostly in university venues and especially in the faculties that collaborate with the Department for European Policies in engaging students and visitors in initiatives and discussions on the present value of the Rome Treaties and the future of the Europe.

Italian venues of the exhibition "networking" each other. The aim is that of engaging students, not only in the active promotion of the exhibition, but also in reflections on the subjects that the exhibition proposes: debates, guided tours, collection of comments both in voice and video.

The University of Bologna has equipped the exhibition with a travel 'kit', designed in the framework of a communication plan developed with the Department for European Policies, thanks to the EuLab project.

Along the itinerary such exhibition kit has been enriched, with a video made in Bologna and a Braille catalogue made in Siena.

The last 2018 date was in Fiesole, at the headquarters of the Historical Archives of the European Union, which hosted at discussions on research carried out by the students of four universities that had hosted the exhibition.

In 2019, the exhibition was hosted by the Historical Archives of the Presidency of the Republic. On that occasion, teachers, researchers and students met at the study conference "The relaunch of Europe" from the Messina Conference to the Treaties of Rome".

There, the Italian version of the exhibition was enriched with two new panels provided by the Historical Archives of the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The catalogue. English catalogue of the exhibition is available here.

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