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Making the Europeans. At the origins of the EC information policy (1951-1972)

di Daniele Pasquinucci
in Memoria e Ricerca n.s. 30 (2009), p. 79

This article analyses the evolution of the European Community information policy from the birth of the European Coal and Steel Community established in 1951 to the Seventies. Since the beginning, the EC information policy has aimed at “making the Europeans”, namely to foster the development of a European identity among the EEC citizens. This aim was consistent with the europeanist attitude of the EEC officers in charge of the information policy. The article analyses successes and failures of the EC information policy in its early stage. However, an evaluation of this policy must take into account the scarce funds and permanent staff the European Community had available for such activity.