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EPRS - 70th Anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

Sündmuse kuupäev: 01/09/2020


The Schuman Declaration 9 May 1950 stated: "Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity." In 1950, the nations of Europe were still struggling to overcome the devastation wrought by World War II, which had ended 5 years earlier. The Schuman Declaration sought the creation of a single authority to control the production of steel and coal in France and West Germany (now Germany), to be opened for membership to other European countries. Determined to prevent another such terrible war, European governments concluded that pooling coal and steel production would, in the words of the Declaration, make war between historic rivals France and Germany "not merely unthinkable, but materially impossible". Restrictions: ©The material may not be edited and must be shown entirely.