European Union began with the establishment of the European Coal &
Steel Community in 1951. The six founding members are France, German Federal
Republic, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. The Treaties
of Rome were signed March 25, 1957. This established the European
Economic Community and the Euratom. These
communities were merged into one institution called the Commission.
European Coal & Steel Community
European Economic Community
European Atomic Energy Community
The Euro is the single currency used by most of the European Union's member
states. At present there are 15 Member States; 12 of which have
accepted the Euro. The other 3 are currently using their own
currency. All barriers of trade among them have been removed.
The European Parliament building and the European Union Council of Ministers
Office are both located in Brussels, Belgium.
The European Community, The Building of a Union by John Pinder-
A History of Europe, by Norman Davies 1996
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