On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the European Union as you celebrate Europe Day this May 9.
Sixty-one years ago today, Robert Schuman issued a historic declaration proposing a European continent united in solidarity – one that was free, prosperous and at peace. His proposal represented the first step toward what is now the European Union. Since that moment, the United States and the European Union have worked together on behalf of so many issues, and we are grateful for the role the EU is playing around the world.
Together with our European friends and allies we share a commitment to the fundamental values of freedom, democracy, respect for the rule of law and human rights. Today, these values are under siege around the world. We must continue to stand up for universal human rights so that someday every man, woman and child will have the opportunity to live up to his or her potential.
As the European Union and the United States face new challenges and opportunities, we must also renew our commitment to this special partnership. Together we can help bring greater prosperity and security to everyone on both sides of the Atlantic.
As you celebrate this Europe Day, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend, and we are committed to a future filled with peace and prosperity for all our people.