EU to celebrate subdued 50th birthday party

The EU has ditched plans to hold big-style celebrations for its 50th anniversary next year, instead agreeing to two more modest plans - the appointment of citizens' ambassadors and a series of activities for school children and youngsters.

A meeting of officials from member states, the European Commission and the European Parliament last week resulted in agreement on two limited pan-European festivities for 2007, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1957 Treaty of Rome.


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