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Messina Conference

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405189224.2011.x


Held in June 1955, this was a landmark in the development of european integration . It paved the way for the creation of the European Economic Community and of euratom . The conference met after the failure a year earlier to create a European Defence Community (see western european union ). It was attended by the foreign ministers of “ the six ” who relaunched the European project by emphasizing economic integration through the development of common institutions, the “fusion of national economies,” the “creation of a common market” and the eventual “harmonization of social policies.” Though the UK sent an official observer, it declined an invitation to participate fully in the proceedings. The outcome of Messina was to entrust the Belgian statesman, spaak , with the drafting of what became the rome treaties of 1957. At later moments of impasse, supporters of closer European integration have often called on the spirit of Messina to break the deadlock. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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