Laudation (extract) by Jean Monnet

Speaker Jean Monnet on the laureate:

‘Although you were surrounded by general skepticism based on the collapse of plans for a European army, you remained steadfast when you contributed to the ratification of the common market and EURATOM with others. […] Our economic problems have become common problems; the method of treating them has changed: The discussion of opposing interests slowly turned into a search for common solutions for problems that everyone accepts as being collective.’

Photo Walter Hallstein

Walter Hallstein