The Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) hosted a Public Talk on March 28, 2017 under its series of Ambassador’s Platform. The speaker at the occasion was the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Pakistan, H.E. Jean-Farancois Cautain who spoke on the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: Foundations and Prospects of the European Integration Process.
In his welcome address, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman ISSI said that initially there were only six signatories of the Treaty on March 26, 1957, that included Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and West Germany who agreed to reconstruct Europe after the Second World War. Later, it expanded to cooperation amongst 28 countries of the European Union. The Treaty helped bring about effective cooperation for the reconstruction of the economies of the European continent, prevented war in Europe and ensured a lasting peace. He said that credit goes to the EU for promoting the objectives of the free flow of labour, capital, services, market, and common currency for some, and visa free zone (Schengen) as well by maintaining peace.