50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: general atmosphere at the Bozar concert and statements by Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister, and José Manuel Barroso
End production: 24/03/2007
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, celebrations were held in Brussels with some very different cultural events as this classical concert, with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Krivine and also the Czech Philarmonic Chorus. They performed the 9th Symphony of Beethoven, the "Ode to Joy", the hymn of the EU. José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister, introduced the concert with speeches about Europe.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the Concert hall and the orchestra
||Arrival of the Queen Fabiola, Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
||First notes of the "Ode to joy" symphony played by the Philarmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg and images of the balcony with the Majesties and the Royal Highnesses (6 shots)
||Applause of the public and arrival of Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister (2 shots)
||Statement (in ENGLISH) by Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister, on the fact that fifty years ago, the EU has started with 6 states putting the war behind them for good, for prosperity, solidarity and democracy, and today, the EU has 27 Member States that have known the reality of poverty, war, dictatorship and that have decided themselves to join the EU.
For him, the time has come to change fear into joy, and one of the better expression of this feeling is that the Beethoven 9th Symphony, the "Ode to Joy", has been achieved in Europe (5 shots)
||Cutaways of public applauding
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and panoramic over the public
||Statement by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, saying (in ENGLISH): "Let me tell you today, when we celebrate 50 years of the great experience of European integration, that we should be very proud of our past achievements. We have built a permanent peace in Europe, based on reconciliation among former enemies. This is a historical example for the world. It is indeed an immense privilege to fully trust our neighbours, to face together our common problems and to share our successes. We have also achieved a peaceful reunification in this great Europe: a remarkable achievement which only twenty years ago seemed impossible. The European Union has helped to promote democracy, political freedom and human rights throughout Europe. We have also helped European citizens to live in prosperous and socially just societies. Economic solidarity and social justice have proved themselves to be fundamentally European principles ? part of what makes Europe special. This is what leads me to say that Europe, for my generation, for many others in Europe, means freedom and solidarity. Without any doubt, our Union has been a force for good in our continent and also in world at large" (4 shots)