French soldiers in a peace-keeping mission under the European flag

The Treaty of Rome, signed in 1957, was the founding treaty of the European Economic Community (EEC), which later became the EU.

A statue of the euro in front of the European Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium

Konrad Adenauer: The first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Catherine Ashton: British politician and second European Union's High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy since December 2009.

José Manuel Barroso: Portuguese politician and President of the Commission (2004-Present).

European Central Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany

2011 EU-US summit in Washington D.C. with President Obama, President of the Commission Barroso, and President of the European Council Van Rompuy.

The European Court of Justice is based in Luxembourg

European Parliament: Paul-Henri Spaak building in Brussels, Belgium

Commission: Berlaymont is an office building in Brussels, Belgium that houses the headquarters of the European Commission

The European Council usually meets in the Justus Lipsius building, in Brussels, Belgium

Jacques Delors: French economist and politician, the eighth President of the European Commission and the first person to serve three terms in that office (January 1985 to December 1994).

Javier Solana: Spanish politician, Secretary General of NATO (19951999), and he was appointed the European Union's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (1999-2009)

Jean Monnet: French political economist and diplomat. He is regarded as one of Europe's founding fathers.

Robert Schumann: French politician. He was instrumental in building post-war European and trans-Atlantic institutions and is regarded as one of the founders of the European Union, the Council of Europe and NATO.

Herman Van Rompuy: Belgian politician and first long-term and full-time President of the European Council


The University of Miami, in a partnership with Florida International University under the rubric of the Miami-Florida European Union Center (MFEUCE), has been home to the European Union Center of Excellence since 2000. The Miami-Florida EU Center is one of the ten universities in the United States awarded by the European Commission as Centers of Excellence. In addition, the University of Miami is also a recipient of a Jean Monnet Chair “ad personam” awarded to Professor Joaquín Roy.  

By providing relevant programs and academic activities, the Center educates university students about the European Union and its institutions. Special lectures and academic conferences throughout the year include students, faculty, and visiting scholars. The Miami Center has a unique focus on triangular transatlantic relations between Europe, the United States and Latin America. Given Miami’s strategic location as a gateway to Latin America, this concentration is relevant to the academic scholarship generated by the Center and Jean Monnet Chair.