The British Prime Minister called for the creation of a United States of Europe.
Declared by French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman and what he declared was that, because coal and steel were so vital for war, those industries in France and Germany should be linked together to make war
It put in place a common market of coal and steel among the six countries, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
The six countries decided to set up a European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) and an European Economic Comunity (EEC)
In 1963- 1967 the UK tried to join in EEC but both times were blocked by France.
Customs duties between the six countries were abolished.
The UK were finally allowed to join in 1973, along with Denmark and Ireland.
There were the first elections of European Parliament by direct universal suffrage.
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany signed the Schengen Agreement in 1985, which began the process of removing border controls making the free movement of people that bit freer.
In 1986 Spain and Portugal joined.
The freshly re-unified Germany join in 1990 once the wall had come
Signed by all the members of the European Community – creating
the European Union.
Human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law respect for uman rights: there are the core values of the EU that the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights brings all these rights together in a single document.
In EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the cause of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.