This article was co-signed by the resident European Union Heads of Mission in Fiji: EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific H.E. Mr Andrew Jacobs, French Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu H.E. Mr Michel Djokovic, British High Commissioner to Fiji and Head of the UK South Pacific Network H.E. Ms Melanie Hopkins and Spanish chargé d'affaires a.i. to Fiji Mr Daniel Montilla Rubiales.
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-six years later, Robert Schuman’s message of peace and unity is as relevant as ever.
The voice of the European Union and its people is heard all around the world. From Asia and the Pacific to Africa, Europe and Central Asia, from the Greater Middle East to the Americas, the European Union’s diplomatic network runs wide and deep to all corners of the globe, making a difference when it comes to human rights, democracy support, migration, development, responding to crises, providing security, contributing to defense and building the resilience and capacities of societies.
139 Delegations represent the EU and its citizens around the globe, building networks and partnerships and promoting the values and interests of the EU. Since the Rome Treaties in 1957, the European Union has enjoyed six decades of unparalleled peace, prosperity and security. European countries living peacefully side-by-side has also contributed to a more peaceful world.