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The idea of European integration was introduced after World War II, when a number of European leaders sought ways to secure peace and stability on the continent. The leading personality behind the principle of European integration was the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman. Schuman presented his proposal on 9 May 1950 and, today that date, now known as Europe Day, is observed throughout the European Union.

The first foundations of the European Union were laid in 1951 with the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). The Community had six founding members: Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany.


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Date: 28.12.2007