Messina Conference: Road to the Rome Treaties commemorates a defining moment in the construction of a united Europe: the Conference of Messina of June 1955 that paved the way for the Treaties of Rome and the birth of the European Communities.

This selection of photographs and documents was originally prepared by the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence as a static exhibition called ‘Sicily in Europe, Europe in Sicily‘. The Historical Archives of the Council of the European Union have since significantly expanded the exhibition for online publication with the addition of further research, content and material.

Sicily in Europe, Europe in Sicily‘ was first presented in Messina in June 2015, and subsequently on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Conference in December 2015 at the Archivio Storico della Presidenza della Repubblica in Rome, and in July 2016 at the Infopoint Europa in Brussels.