MINI-EUROPE WELCOMED Romania the 12th July 2007 with the replica of Mogosoaia Palace
The Mogosoaia Palace is located in the Ilfov County , north of Bucharest . This Brancovan style palace, dating back to the end of the 17th century, offers a remarkable combination of Byzantine architecture, Italian Renaissance and Baroque.
The new replica Berlaymont was inaugurated by the Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr. Siim Kallas, who declared
„The Representation of the European Commission in Belgium is pleased to offer Mini-Europe a model of the flagship building of the European Commission, the renovated Berlaymont. Located at the park’s entrance, the Berlaymont symbolizes the European dimension of the concept“.
The idea, which would later grow into the concept of the European Union, was first conceived at this house with its thatched roof. From the end of the Second World War until his death in 1979, Jean Monnet lived and worked in this house, where he hosted some of the most distinguished dignitaries of his time (Schuman, Eisenhower, Spaak, Adenauer, Heath, etc). From mid-April to 6 May 1950, working as a small team, he drafted the founding declaration, presented by Robert Schuman on 9 May that same year. By reproducing it alongside Berlaymont, Mini-Europe does history justice.
The Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, meeting its status of European capital, decided to celebrate Europe all year round thus reconciling Brussels with the European Union. It was therefore natural for Charles Picqué and Guy Vanhengel, respectively Minister-President and Minister of External Relations of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, to support the European week of Brussels school pupils. During this week, organised at the initiative of Mini-Europe from 23rd April to 27th April, over 10.000 Brussels primary school pupils of the 5th and 6th
grades are invited to visit the miniature park with the aim of raising their awareness of the various facets of the European Union.