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Schuman sculptures mark 60 years of Treaty of Rome

07:55 25/03/2017

A series of 15 steel statues have been unveiled in the Schuman district, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which was signed on 25 March 1957.

The series of statues, located on the four corners of the Jean Monnet crossroads behind the Berlaymont, are titled "European Citizens" and were created by German artist Suzanne Boerner.

"These life-size sculptures are eye-catching and add cheerfulness to a district that is usually associated with European institutions," says Marion Lemesre, the Brussels alderwoman for economic affairs. "The artwork represents EU citizens from diverse backgrounds."

On Saturday at 14.00, a March for Europe will be held outside the European parliament on Place du Luxembourg, with simultaneous events happening in Rome, Berlin, London and more.

"Today, the European project needs a democratic boost and deep reforms," the organisers say. "The last years have strained the European Union and the principles it defends. This means that it is time for all of us to reaffirm those values for which it stands.

"It is time to stand up for the equality, solidarity and justice that Europe promises. It is time for the people of Europe to reclaim the European project as theirs. It is time to March for Europe, for democracy and for a new ideal that improves the lives of all Europeans."

Written by Hannah Haynes, Paul McNally