08 June 2020
Robert Schuman, Architect of Europe
Issue: Efemérides. Constructores de Europa. Robert Schuman
Issue date: 09/06/2020
Printing Process: Offset
Paper: Estucado, engomado, fosforescente
Size of stamp: Hexagonal de 20 mm de lado
Sheet effects: 25
Postal value of the stamps: Tarifa B + Consultar tarifas vigentes
Print run: 160.000 sellos
THE ARCHITECTS OF EUROPE. ROBERT SCHUMAN
The desire for a peaceful, united and prosperous Europe was the common goal of a group of visionaries who believed in a magnanimous project which we know as the European Union today.
Many of them began by playing a highly significant role in their home countries and later transferred this role to the construction of a united Europe that would all follow the same path.
Correos is issuing a stamp intended to honour the so-called “Founding Fathers of Europe”. Konrad Adenauer, Jean Monnet, Winston Churchill, Robert Schuman, Alcide de Gasperi, Paul-Henri Spaak, Walter Hallstein and Altiero Spinelli.
They all fought and worked hard to achieve an international community to face up to world powers, above all in matters of the economy, but also in social and cultural matters.
On this occasion, the stamp features Robert Schuman. He was a statistician and important man of law. He was the French Foreign Office Minister between 1948 and 1952.
Along with his fellow countryman, Jean Monnet, he designed and drew up the declaration known as the Schuman Plan, which, this year, celebrates its seventieth anniversary, and which triggered the birth of the European Union.
His proposals included the joint control of coal and steel production which, at the time, were the most important raw materials for the arms industry.
This gave rise to the European Coal and Steel Community, the ECSC.
Schuman was also the first president of the European Parliamentary Assembly between 1958 and 1960, which was the current European Parliament’s predecessor.
The stamp shows a three-dimensional cube with the colours of Europe and with Robert Schuman’s face drawn with its flag’s stars.
The 70 years since such a significant event for the history of humankind appear on the stamp which, today more than ever, celebrates the importance of being European.