Chronology 1925-1950

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1925
First international Congress of Christian (Catholic) people's parties (December, Paris). It was agreed to hold further meetings and to establish the "Secrétariat International des Partis Démocratiques d'Inspiration Chrétienne" (SIPDIC) in Paris; the Secretariat continued to exist until 1939. Parties from Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Spain, Portugal and Lithuania were involved in its activities.

1946
Following the Second World War, the cooperation between political parties at a European level was renewed. An initiative by the Swiss Christian Democrats led to the establishment of the "Nouvelles Equipes Internationales" (NEI).

1947
Constituent congress of the NEI in Chaudfontaine (Belgium). The NEI pledged to cooperate actively in the reshaping of Europe at state, social and economic state level for peaceful coexistence and respect for human rights, liberty and social progress.

1948
As an active element of the European movement, the NEI participated in the preparations for and organization of the famous 'Congress of Europe' in The Hague.

9 May 1950
The French Christian-Democrat Robert SCHUMAN, in a government statement, puts forward a plan for French and German coal and steel production to be placed under a comon High Authority, in an organization open to other European countries.
"Europe will not be built in a day, nor to an overall design, it will be built through practical achievements that first establish a sense of common purpose." This observation by Robert SCHUMAN the "Father of Europe", contained in his statement of 9 May 1950, represents the beginning of coordinated thought on European unification.