11-31.01.2023 Exhibition "The Founding Mothers and Fathers of the European Union"- Padua


From January 11th to 31st 2024  the exhibition "The Mothers and Founding Fathers of the European Union" was held, hosted by Liceo Classico Europeo of Padova and by Istituto di Istruzione Superiore E. U. Ruzza, Via Cardinale Callegari, 6 and organized by Europe Direct Venezia Veneto del Comune di Venezia and by Provincia di Padova  in collaboration with Comune di Padova itself.

The opening was held on Wednesday, January 11th, at 11.00 a.m. in the presence of the authorities.

The exhibition is an exhibit consisting of twenty-two panels in Italian and English illustrating the figures of women and men who contributed, through their constant commitment, to transforming the European Union from a dream into reality.

Citizens were able to visit the exhibition with free admission from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m.

The exhibition is dedicated to the 8 women and 13 men - visionary leaders - who inspired the creation of the European Union we live in today.
Without their commitment and motivation, we could not live in the context of peace and stability that we take for granted today. Resistance fighters or lawyers and parliamentarians, the pioneers of the EU were a diverse group of people moved by the same ideals: peace, unity and prosperity in Europe.
In addition to the pioneers presented below, many others inspired the European project and worked tirelessly to realize it.

The Founding Mothers:    

Marga Klompé,
Nilde Iotti,
Anna Lindh,
Melina Mercouri,
Nicole Fontaine,
Ursula Hirschmann,
Louise Weiss,
Simone Veil

Founding Fathers

Konrad Adenauer,
Joseph Bech,
Johan Willem Beyen,
Winston Churchill,
Alcide De Gasperi,
Walter Hallstein,
Sicco Mansholt,
Jean Monnet,
Robert Schuman,
Paul-Henri Spaak,
Altiero Spinelli,
Helmut Kohl,
François Mitterand

A common thread running through the exhibition is the conviction of these men and women that the peoples of Europe, while remaining proud of their national identity and history, were determined to overcome ancient divisions and build their common destiny together. The exhibition consists of 22 panels and combines drawings and photographs with a series of bilingual texts, written in Italian and English, in order to reach national and international audiences.

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For more informations:

Educandato Statale San Benedetto
tel. 3384901859
e-mail: pdve010001@istruzione.it
I.I.S. E. U. Ruzza
tel. 049 657287
e-mail: pdis02200p@istruzione.it

Europe Direct del Comune di Venezia
Via Spalti 28, Mestre-Venezia
numero verde 800 496200

Ultimo aggiornamento: 11/06/2024 ore 09:53