Schuman, Robert (1886 - 1963)

Robert Schuman (Photo: Eurpoean Commission)

French Foreign Minister who proposed the "Schuman Plan" - a Coal and Steel Community - in a speech on 9th May 1950. The speech is regarded as a founding moment of EU supra-nationalism and the 9th May became "Europe Day".

Regarded as one of the founding fathers of the EU, along with the Frenchman Monnet, the Italian De Gasperi, the German Adenauer, and the Belgian Spaak.


See also European Coal and Steel Community.