Our Values

Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Affairs Minister, suggested on 9th May 1950 in a historic gesture that France and Germany share the management of their energy resources instead of continuing confrontation and war.
Five years after the end of the Second World War, this declaration lay the foundations of a Europe built for peace and cooperation between nations, thereby leading to the reconstruction of a ruined continent and the return of prosperity. Robert Schuman was given the title of the Father of Europe by the European Parliament.

We should also consider that bearing the name of Robert Schuman obliges us to this.
The Foundation finds inspiration in the work of a person whose high moral requirements were unanimously acknowledged and it is committed according to the same values for the general interest of France and Europe. It pursues no private, particular or commercial goals.

Acknowledged for the useful role it plays for the public at large it acts in the strictest respect of the law and regulations and cultivates a high degree of transparency, respect of opinions and non-discrimination.

A supporter of dialogue between peoples and States, of pluralism of thought and moderation in its expression, it contributes via its discussions and publications to greater knowledge of European policies and works for their constant improvement. It takes part in debates raised by European integration, with a spirit of openness, in the respect of other opinions and taking its distance from all types of polemic. It develops the most objective educational tools, using rational, factual arguments to offer quality information to those who are seeking it. Committed with its team to supporting the progress of the European Union, the Foundation is no less a lucid, honest observer of its imperfections and weaknesses. It is free in terms of its convictions and expression within the limits of its social purpose.

Open to debate, the Foundation accepts these in all circumstances except in the case of partisan or ideological arguments; it distances itself from political party life and abstains from intervening in the electoral timetables of France and Europe. The Foundation follows no political goal other than the construction of a united, supportive, efficient Europe.

By deepening its research and studies, the quality of which it monitors scrupulously, it aims to contribute to improving the European project on a constant basis. To do this it offers its external contributors the possibility of publishing their papers and thereby raise awareness of their work, as long as they respect the same requirements.

The guidelines which govern its work are debated collectively within its statutory bodies and are the focus of an assessment by the same bodies.