Mitiaro, Cook Islands - The Prime Minister today officially opened the first of four solar power stations in the southern group islands under the Cook Islands Renewable Energy Project on the island of Mitiaro.
Sixty-eight years ago today, French foreign minister Robert Schuman proposed a joint authority to oversee French and German production of coal and steel, launching an ambitious and remarkable project which has shaped the course of European history and redefined Europe's place in the world.
This project – of peace, of partnership, of shared values and solidarity – is far from over.
Suva, Fiji 09 May 2018 – Following the eruption of the Ambae volcano, in the northern part of Vanuatu, the European Union is providing €120 000 (VUV 15988 416) to channel emergency assistance to the affected communities. The aid will directly benefit up to 5 000 people in some of the worst-hit areas in southern and eastern parts of Ambae Island, including Santo, Maewo, and Pentecost.
On May 9 the European Union (EU) will be celebrating Europe Day worldwide. On this day in 1950 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, one of the founding fathers of the EU, made the famous ‘Schuman Declaration’, in which he called on the nations of Europe to unite and render war on that continent unthinkable. Robert Schuman’s appeal to overcome age-old divisions just five years after the Second World War laid the foundations of what has become the European Union. Sixty-seven years later, Robert Schuman’s message of peace and unity is as relevant as ever.