Europe Day at the AFI
(may 16th, 2011)
Two days of the year are known as “Europe Day.” On May 5th, Europeans
celebrate the founding of the European Council, and May 9th commemorates
the Schumann Declaration.
On May 9th 1950, the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, suggested
that French and German coal and steel producers work together. He proposed
the creation of a "High Authority," whose job it was to ensure that the
European coal and steel markets functioned smoothly. This proposal became
known as the “Schuman Declaration” and led to the creation of the European
Coal and Steel Community, which is considered to be the forerunner of the
European Union. The Schuman Declaration also helped to calm hundreds years
of rivalry between France and Germany, and allowed for peaceful re-organization
of post-World War western Europe.
This in turn led to the creation of the general market, which, with the help
of laws in all countries of the European Community, guaranteed the free movement
of persons, goods, capital and services, as well as the removal of passport
controls within the Schengen Area.
One of the greatest achievements of the European Council is the development
and the implementation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human
Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
In recognition of Europe Day, the Director
of the AFI Private Akademie für Informatik, Herr Prof. Hartmut Schneider,
organized an seminar on the topic of the European Community
for his students at the AFI. Mr. Peter Bauch, former research assistant at
the Bundestag, gave a lecture in which he explained the current advantages
and historical significance of European integration.
The students and the friends of the AFI listened to the lecture with great
interest, but also asked critical questions concerning the foreign policy
of the Union.
The meeting ended with coffee and cakes in a friendly atmosphere.
May 16th, 2011