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The main milestones of European integration on display in the Portuguese Parliament

“Europeans – Portugal, Europe and the World” exhibition

25 Apr · 10h00

Family photo with the representatives of the EEC Member States during the reception for the Treaty of Accession of Portugal to the EEC signing ceremony, 12 June 1985. © LUSA

Under the scope of the Parliamentary Dimension of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, two exhibitions are on display in the Portuguese Parliament and can also be seen in virtual format. These exhibitions will take you through the main milestones in the history of the EU, in photographs, texts and videos and a selection of books, in a dialogue with the main figures who played a part in this period in recent Portuguese history.

 

“Europeans”, the photographic exhibition, depicts the period beginning after World War II, and “Perspectives” revives articles and publications by Portuguese members of parliament who wrote on the subject of Europe between 1963 and 2020.

 

Curated by Ambassador Seixas da Costa and Portuguese historian Fernanda Rollo, researcher Pedro Marques Gomes and designer Francisco Providência also contributed to “Europeans – Portugal, Europe and the World”. The bibliographic exhibition is the work of the Biblioteca Passos Manuel library.

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The President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, the President of France, Jacques Chirac, Portuguese Prime Minister, António Guterres, and the Portuguese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Jaime Gama, in Porto during the second Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2000. © LUSA

In the framework of the fourth Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, following its previous successful experiences in 1992, 2000 and 2007, and under the responsibility that is entrusted to the Portuguese Parliament to assure the parliamentary dimension of the Presidency, the idea emerged to promote an exhibition that would make it possible to understand, to learn more about the history of European integration and, naturally, the most relevant moments in Portugal’s journey in the European project. While at the same time not forgetting the people who were the main faces in this chapter of our history.

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 Treaty of Lisbon signing ceremony at Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon on 13 December 2007, during the third Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. © LUSA

“Europeans – Portugal, Europe and the world”

This exhibition depicts the period from 1945 to the present day, on an illustrated journey of intertwined stories, which, in the last almost 80 years, have helped define the country.

 

The democratic, European Portugal open to the world and dreamed of by Mário Soares — who has a prominent position among the most emblematic figures in contemporary Portugal this exhibition evokes – is shown here through a set of collections that recount the main historic milestones in Portugal's participation in the European project, which is also the story of the democratisation of the country.

 

On display in the main lobby in Palácio de São Bento (Lisbon) until 31 December, with bilingual virtual tours also available, the Portuguese Parliament thus attempts to adhere to the spirit and the letter of the treaties, contributing to learning more about the European project and, actively, to the good running of the EU.

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António Costa, Portuguese Prime-Minister and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in Lisboa © LUSA

“EU-PT Perspectives – Reflections on Europe”

This exhibition also includes a collection entitled “EU-PT Perspectives – Reflections on Europe”, which consists of a number of books garnered from the bookshelves in the Parliament library, where there are 273 titles written by members of parliament on the subject of Europe between 1963 and 2020.

 

A collection that brings back memories of Álvaro Cunhal, António Barbosa de Melo, António Sousa Franco, Francisco Lucas Pires, José Barros Moura, Luís Sá, Mário Soares, Medeiros Ferreira, Silva Lopes and Tavares Moreira, and their vision of the process of European integration. Almost 90 of these texts focus on the period between 2008 and the present day and the context of economic and financial crisis and migration, as well as the questions raised about the European project due to the withdrawal of one Member State.

 

These works bear the signatures of some members of parliament who are still in office, such as António Gameiro, Constança Urbano de Sousa, Jerónimo de Sousa, José Luís Carneiro, José Manuel Pureza, Pedro Bacelar de Vasconcelos, Pedro Delgado Alves and Sérgio Sousa Pinto.

The exhibitions will be open to the public as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic permits. Virtual tours are available here.