The Founding Mothers and Fathers of the European Union 2020

The Europe Direct of the City of Venice, information point of the European Union active in the Veneto region, proposes the didactic exhibition "The Founding Mothers and Fathers of the European Union", which merges two exhibition routes: one of the Founding Fathers based on official documentation of the European Commission and that of the Founding Mothers built on a project of the La Sapienza University of Rome, result of the work of the researcher Maria Pia Di Nonno (with the portraits of Giulia Del Vecchio), for which the Department for European Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers collaborates for national dissemination and has won the Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach: spreading knowledge about Europe- First Edition 2017.

The exhibition is dedicated to the 7 women and 13 men who inspired the creation of the European Union in which we live today.

Founding Mothers:
Nicole Fontaine,
Ursula Hirschmann,
Marga Klompé,
Anna Lindh,
Melina Mercouri,
Simone Veil,
Louise Weiss.
Founding Fathers:

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

 
 

The main intention of the exhibition is to emphasize how these women and men were convinced that the people of Europe, while remaining proud of their identity and their national history, were determined to overcome the old divisions and build together their common destiny.

The exhibition is dedicated to the 7 women and 13 men - visionary leaders - who inspired the creation of the European Union in which we live today.
The following visionary leaders inspired the creation of the European Union in which we live today.
Without their commitment and motivation we cannot live in the context of peace and stability that we take for granted today. Resistance fighters or lawyers and parliamentarians, the EU pioneers were a heterogeneous group of people with the same ideals: peace, unity and prosperity in Europe.
In addition to the pioneers presented below, many others have inspired the project and worked hard to realize it.

From that date the exibition is touring around the territory:

- in 2015 in the high schools of the Veneto region (2015 edition)
- in 2016 in the institutional headquarters of Europe Direct Veneto partners and the Province of Verona (2016 edition)
- in 2017 in the high schools of Veneto and the institutional headquarters of Europe Direct Veneto partners (2017 edition)
- in 2018 in the high schools of Veneto and the institutional offices of the Europe Direct Veneto partners (2018 edition)
- in 2019 in the high schools of Veneto and the institutional offices of the Europe Direct Veneto partners (2019 edition)

Calendar 2020:

The aim of the exhibition is to spread the understanding of the European Union and citizenship among European citizens through the knowledge of the common European history.

For further information:
Europe Direct del Comune di Venezia
free line 800 496200
fax 041 2748182
www.comune.venezia.it/europedirect
infoeuropa@comune.venezia.it