Robert Schuman was elected the first President of the European Parliamentary Assembly (EPA) on 19 March 1958; he held that post until March 1960. Despite its limited powers, the EPA was dear to Schuman’s heart because it was a political institution par excellence: it was a democratic body representing the peoples, it exercised scrutiny over the executives and it was a unifying force fostering closer links among the European Communities.

On 10 May 1960, in marking the 10th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, the EPA paid tribute to its former President and adopted by acclamation a resolution in which it declared that Europe could be proud of Robert Schuman.