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The European Communities
European Communities
(EC), sometimes referred to as the European Community,[1] were three international organizations that were governed by the same set of institutions. These were the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the European Atomic Energy Community
European Atomic Energy Community
(EAEC or Euratom), and the European Economic Community
European Economic Community
(EEC); the last of which was renamed the European Community (EC) in 1993 by the Maastricht Treaty, which formed the European Union. When the Communities were incorporated into the European Union
European Union
in 1993, they became its first pillar. The European Coal and Steel Community ceased to exist in 2002 when its founding treaty expired. The European Economic Community
European Economic Community
was dissolved into the European Union by the Treaty of Lisbon
Treaty of Lisbon
in 2009; with the EU becoming the legal successor to the Community. Euratom remained an entity distinct from the EU, but is governed by the same institutions.


1 History

1.1 Three communities 1.2 Structural evolution of the European Commission 1.3 Pillar

2 EU evolution timeline 3 Institutions 4 Members 5 Policy areas 6 Privileges and immunities 7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

History[edit] Three communities[edit] Further information: History of the European Communities
European Communities
(1958–1972) and History of the European Communities
European Communities

Part of a series on the

History of the European Union


Pre-1945 ideas 1945–1957 1958–1972 1973–1993 1993–2004 2004–present


European Communities (1958–2009)

European Coal and Steel Community (1952–2002)

European Economic Community (1958–1993)

European Atomic Energy Community (1958–present)

European Community (1993–2009)

Justice and Home Affairs (1993–2003)

Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters (2003–2009)

Common Foreign and Security Policy
Common Foreign and Security Policy
pillar (1993–2009)

Western European Union (1954–2011)


Treaty of Paris 1951

Treaty of Rome 1957

Merger Treaty 1965

Single European Act 1986

Maastricht Treaty 1992

Amsterdam Treaty 1997

Treaty of Nice 2001

Treaty of Lisbon 2007


Hallstein Commission 1958

Rey Commission 1967

Malfatti Commission 1970

Mansholt Commission 1972

Ortoli Commission 1973

Jenkins Commission 1977

Thorn Commission 1981

Delors Commission 1985

Santer Commission 1994

Prodi Commission 1999

Barroso Commission 2004

Juncker Commission 2014


History of Europe History of the euro

History of enlargement

List of presidents List of founders

European Union
European Union

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The ECSC was created first. Following its proposal in 1950 in the Schuman Declaration, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany
West Germany
came together to sign the Treaty of Paris in 1951 which established the Community. The success of this Community led to the desire to create more, but attempts at creating a European Defence Community
European Defence Community
and a European Political Community failed leading to a return to economic matters. In 1957, the EAEC and EEC were created by the Treaties of Rome. They were to share some of the institutions of the ECSC but have separate executive structures.[2] The ECSC's aim was to combine the coal and steel industries of its members to create a single market in those resources. It was intended that this would increase prosperity and decrease the risk of these countries going to war through the process of European integration. The EAEC was working on nuclear energy co-operation between the members. The EEC was to create a customs union and general economic co-operation. It later led to the creation of a European single market.[2] The EEC became the European Community pillar of the EU, with the ECSC and EAEC continuing in a similar subordinate position, existing separately in a legal sense but governed by the institutions of the EU as if they were its own. The ECSC's treaty had a 50-year limit and thus expired in 2002, all its activities are now absorbed into the European Community.[3] The EAEC had no such limit and thus continues to exist. Due to the sensitive nature of nuclear power with the European electorate, the treaty has gone without amendment since its signing and was not even to be changed with the European Constitution intended to repeal all other treaties (the Constitution's replacement, the Treaty of Lisbon, likewise makes no attempt at amendment).[4][5] As the EAEC has a low profile, and the profile of the European Community is dwarfed by that of the EU, the term "European Communities" sees little usage. However, when the EU was established the institutions that dealt solely or mainly with the European Community (as opposed to all three pillars) retained their original names, for example the formal name of the European Court of Justice was the "Court of Justice of the European Communities" until 2009[6] In 1967, the Merger Treaty combined these separate executives. The Commission and Council of the EEC were to take over the responsibilities of its counterparts in the other organisations. From then on they became known collectively as the "European Communities", for example the Commission was known as the "Commission of the European Communities", although the communities themselves remained separate in legal terms.[2] Structural evolution of the European Commission[edit]

Signed In force Document 1951 1952 Paris Treaty 1957 1958 Rome treaties 1965 1967 Merger Treaty 2007 2009 Lisbon Treaty


  Commission of the European Atomic Energy Community Commission of the European Communities European Commission   

High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community

  Commission of the European Economic Community


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Pillar[edit] Further information: History of the European Union
European Union
(1993–2004) and History of the European Union
European Union
(since 2004) The Maastricht Treaty
Maastricht Treaty
built upon the Single European Act
Single European Act
and the Solemn Declaration on European Union
European Union
in the creation of the European Union. The treaty was signed on 7 February 1992 and came into force on 1 November 1993. The Union superseded and absorbed the European Communities as one of its three pillars. The first Commission President following the creation of the EU was Jacques Delors, who briefly continued his previous EEC tenure before handing over to Jacques Santer
Jacques Santer
in 1994. Only the first pillar followed the principles of supranationalism.[7] The pillar structure of the EU allowed the areas of European co-operation to be increased without leaders handing a large amount of power to supranational institutions. The pillar system segregated the EU. What were formerly the competencies of the EEC fell within the European Community pillar. Justice and Home Affairs was introduced as a new pillar while European Political Cooperation
European Political Cooperation
became the second pillar (the Common Foreign and Security Policy). The Community institutions became the institutions of the EU but the roles of the institutions between the pillars are different. The Commission, Parliament and Court of Justice are largely cut out of activities in the second and third pillars, with the Council dominating proceedings. This is reflected in the names of the institutions, the Council is formally the "Council of the European Union" while the Commission is formally the "Commission of the European Communities". This allowed the new areas to be based on intergovernmentalism (unanimous agreement between governments) rather than majority voting and independent institutions according to supranational democracy. However, after the Treaty of Maastricht, Parliament gained a much bigger role. Maastricht brought in the codecision procedure, which gave it equal legislative power with the Council on Community matters. Hence, with the greater powers of the supranational institutions and the operation of Qualified Majority Voting
Qualified Majority Voting
in the Council, the Community pillar could be described as a far more federal method of decision making. The Amsterdam Treaty
Amsterdam Treaty
transferred rule making powers for border controls, immigration, asylum and cooperation in civil and commercial law from the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) pillar to the European Community (JHA was renamed Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PJCC) as a result). Both Amsterdam and the Treaty of Nice also extended codecision procedure to nearly all policy areas, giving Parliament equal power to the Council in the Community. In 2002, the Treaty of Paris which established the European Coal and Steel Community (one of the three communities which comprised the European Communities) expired, having reached its 50-year limit (as the first treaty, it was the only one with a limit). No attempt was made to renew its mandate; instead, the Treaty of Nice
Treaty of Nice
transferred certain of its elements to the Treaty of Rome
Treaty of Rome
and hence its work continued as part of the EEC area of the Community's remit. The Treaty of Lisbon
Treaty of Lisbon
merged the three pillars and abolished the European Community; with the European Union
European Union
becoming the Community's legal successor. Only one of the three European Communities
European Communities
still exists and the phrase "European Communities" no longer appears in the treaties. The abolition of the pillar structure was first proposed under the European Constitution but that treaty was not ratified. EU evolution timeline[edit]

Signed: In force: Document: 1948 1948 Brussels Treaty 1951 1952 Paris Treaty 1954 1955 Modified Brussels Treaty 1957 1958 Rome Treaty & EURATOM 1965 1967 Merger Treaty 1975 1976 Council Agreement on TREVI 1986 1987 Single European Act 1985+90 1995 Schengen Treaty & Convention 1992 1993 Maastricht Treaty (TEU) 1997 1999 Amsterdam Treaty 2001 2003 Nice Treaty 2007 2009 Lisbon Treaty  

Content: (founded WUDO) (founded ECSC) (protocol amending WUDO to become WEU) (founded EEC and EURATOM) (merging the legislative & administrative bodies of the 3 European communities) (founded TREVI) (amended: EURATOM, ECSC, EEC)+ (founded EPC) (founded Schengen) (implemented Schengen) (amended: EURATOM, ECSC, and EEC to transform it into EC)+ (founded: JHA+CFSP) (amended: EURATOM, ECSC, EC to also contain Schengen, and TEU where PJCC replaced JHA) (amended with focus on institutional changes: EURATOM, ECSC, EC and TEU) (abolished the 3 pillars and WEU by amending: EURATOM, EC=>TFEU, and TEU) (founded EU as an overall legal unit with Charter of Fundamental Rights, and reformed governance structures & decision procedures)  


Three pillars of the European Union:  

European Communities (with a single Commission & Council)  

European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM)


European Coal and Steel Community
European Coal and Steel Community
(ECSC) Treaty expired in 2002

European Union
European Union


European Economic Community
European Economic Community
(EEC)   European Community (EC)

        Schengen Rules  

    Terrorism, Radicalism, Extremism and Violence Internationally (TREVI) Justice and Home Affairs (JHA)   Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters
Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters

  European Political Cooperation (EPC) Common Foreign and Security Policy
Common Foreign and Security Policy

Western Union Defence Organization (WUDO) Western European Union
European Union

Treaty terminated in 2011    



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Institutions[edit] For details of the Community institutions, see European Economic Community § Institutions. For information about the present-day institutions, see Institutions of the European Union. By virtue of the Merger Treaty, all three Communities were governed by the same institutional framework. Prior to 1967, the Common Assembly/European Parliamentary Assembly and the Court of Justice, established by the ECSC, were already shared with the EEC and EAEC, but they had different executives. The 1967 treaty gave the Council and Commission of the EEC responsibility over ECSC and EAEC affairs, abolishing the Councils of the ECSC and EAEC, the Commission of the EAEC and the High Authority of the ECSC. These governed the three Communities till the establishment of the European Union
European Union
in 1993. Members[edit] Further information: Member state of the European Union
European Union
and Enlargement of the European Union The three Communities shared the same membership, the six states that signed the Treaty of Paris and subsequent treaties were known as the "Inner Six" (the "outer seven" were those countries who formed the European Free Trade Association). The six founding countries were France, West Germany, Italy
and the three Benelux
countries: Belgium, the Netherlands
and Luxembourg. The first enlargement was in 1973, with the accession of Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Greece, Spain
and Portugal
joined in the 1980s. Following the creation of the EU in November 1993, it has enlarged to include a further sixteen countries by July 2013.

Founding members in green, later members in blue (Algeria was integral part of France
at the time)

State Accession

 Belgium 25 March 1957

 Italy 25 March 1957

 Luxembourg 25 March 1957

 France 25 March 1957

 Netherlands 25 March 1957

 West Germany 25 March 1957

 Denmark 1 January 1973

 Ireland 1 January 1973

 United Kingdom 1 January 1973

 Greece 1 January 1981

 Portugal 1 January 1986

 Spain 1 January 1986

Member states are represented in some form in each institution. The Council is also composed of one national minister who represents their national government. Each state also has a right to one European Commissioner each, although in the European Commission
European Commission
they are not supposed to represent their national interest but that of the Community. Prior to 2004, the larger members (France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom) had two Commissioners. In the European Parliament, members are allocated a set number seats related to their population, however these (since 1979) have been directly elected and they sit according to political allegiance, not national origin. Most other institutions, including the European Court of Justice, have some form of national division of its members. Policy areas[edit] Further information: Three pillars of the European Union At the time of its abolition, the Community pillar covered the following areas;[8]

Border control EU Citizenship Common Agricultural Policy Common Fisheries Policy Competition Consumer protection Customs union
Customs union
and Single market

Economic and monetary union Education and Culture Environmental law Employment Health care Trans-European Networks

Trade policy Research Social policy Asylum policy Schengen treaty Immigration policy

Privileges and immunities[edit] The Protocol on the privileges and immunities of the European Communities[9] grants the European Communities
European Communities
and their institutions certain privileges and immunities such as to allow them to perform their tasks. The International Organizations Immunities Act (22 USC § 288h)[10] of the United States has also been extended to the European Communities. The working conditions of staff are governed by the Communities' staff regulations[11] and not directly by the labour laws of the countries of employment. Their salaries, wages and emoluments are subject to a tax for the benefit of the European Communities
European Communities
and are, in turn, exempt from national taxes. See also[edit]

Accession of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
to the European Communities Brussels and the European Union Delors Commission European institutions in Strasbourg Energy Community Location of European Union
European Union


^ "European Community". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 30 January 2009. The term also commonly refers to the “European Communities,” which comprise... ; "Introduction to EU Publications". Guide to European Union
European Union
Publications at the EDC. The University of Exeter. Retrieved 30 January 2009. The European Community originally consisted of three separate Communities founded by treaty... ; Derek Urwin, University of Aberdeen. "Glossary of The European Union
European Union
and European Communities". Retrieved 30 January 2009. European Community (EC). The often used singular of the European Communities.  ^ a b c The European Communities, on CVCE website ^ "Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, ECSC Treaty". Europa.eu. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2012.  ^ "Euratom reform". Eu-energy.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04.  ^ "Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom)". Europa.eu. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.  ^ The Court of Justice of the European Communities ^ "Is Europe a federal or a supranational union?". Schuman.info. Retrieved 2012-06-04.  ^ What are the three pillars of the EU?, Folketingets EU-Oplysning ^ Protocol (No 36) on the privileges and immunities of the European Communities (1965), EUR-Lex ^ 22 USC § 288h - Commission of European Communities; extension of privileges and immunities to members ^ Regulation No. 31 (EEC), 11 (EAEC), laying down the Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Economic Community
European Economic Community
and the European Atomic Energy Community

Further reading[edit]

Jean Monnet, Prospect for a New Europe (1959) Bela Balassa, The Theory of Economic Integration (1962) Walter Hallstein, A New Path to Peaceful Union (1962) Paul-Henri Spaak, The Continuing Battle: Memories of a European (1971)

External links[edit]

European Union
European Union
website Treaty establishing the European Economic Community
European Economic Community
CVCE (Centre for European Studies) History of the Rome Treaties CVCE collection (Centre for European Studies)

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