Hague Congress (1948)

The Hague Congress of Europe took place from 7 to 10 May 1948 The Hague, Netherlands and is considered by many to be the first federalist movement of European history. The privately initiated conference brought together various groups of European unity movement together. Under the patronage of Winston Churchill discussed 700 European activists, mainly from the Union of European Federalists and the United Europe Movement, the political, economic, social and cultural framework of a united Europe. The various associations decided to join the European movement that was founded in late 1948. The developed in The Hague completion manifesto was also the initial impetus for founding the Council of Europe in 1949. Too, the College of Europe goes back to an initiative of the Congress.