Last evening at the historic Umana Yana in Georgetown, Ambassador Jernej Videtič hosted a cocktail reception to open a photographic exhibition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The Treaty laid the basis for the Common Market and later the European Union.
Ambassador Videtič in his address said that, ''Sixty years ago, inspired by a dream of a peaceful, common future, the EU's founding members set out on an ambitious journey of European integration. They agreed to settle their conflicts around a table rather than on battlefields. As a result, the painful experience of Europe's troubled past has given way to a period of peace, spanning seven decades and to a Union of 500 million citizens, living in freedom and opportunity in one of the world's most prosperous economies.''
Guyana's President David Granger also attended and made brief remarks where he said that peace and economic integration are the utmost goals of the Caribbean; goals which he acknowledges are shared by the European Union, and were the basis upon which the signing of Treaty Establishing the European Economic Community.