Monday, September 3, 2012

The History of E.U. Enlargement

Enlargement is one of the EU’s most powerful policy tools. The pull of the EU has helped to transform the nations of Central and Eastern Europe into modern, well-functioning democracies. More recently it has inspired far-reaching reforms in the candidate and potential candidate countries. All European citizens benefit from having neighbours that are stable democracies and prosperous market economies. Enlargement is a carefully managed process which aids in the transformation of the countries involved, extending peace, stability, prosperity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law across Europe. 

The European Union began with six countries as its members - Belgium, Germany, France, italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, which founded the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951, which was soon followed by the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community in 1957.

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