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 27 European leaders sign Rome Declaration to proclaim common future. PHOTOS

27 leaders of the European Union on Saturday signed a statement in Rome, proclaiming “Europe is our common future.”

EU leaders declared their commitment to further integrate the Continent even as a series of crises has badly weakened the efforts and Britain prepares to leave the bloc, Censor.NET reports citing the New York Times.

The ceremony took place at the Orazi and Curiazi Hall of the Capitol in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome that was richly decorated in frescoes depicting scenes from the ancient world. It is the same room where the Treaty of Rome was signed on March 25, 1957, by six countries. That event helped lay the groundwork for today's union.

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The Rome Declaration was signed on the anniversary of the day the union's foundations were laid 60 years ago. It underscored the aspirations of a "unique union with common institutions and strong values, a community of peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

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The statement is published on European Council website. The agenda includes four major issues: 1) a safe and secure Europe; 2) a prosperous and sustainable Europe; 3) a social Europe; 4) and a stronger Europe on the global scene.
   
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