Commentary

V1.203 Origins of European Union—the European Communities

Part V1 General principles and rates of tax

V1.203 Origins of European Union—the European Communities

V1.203 Origins of European Union—the European Communities

The European Economic Community1 (now the European Union) established by Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands came into effect, by virtue of the Treaty of Rome2, on 1 January 1958. It was one of three communities3 established after the Second World War to further economic recovery, to reduce the risk of future European conflicts, and to guard against the perceived threat from the Eastern bloc. Its aims4 were to be achieved, in part, by establishing a common market, ie an area without internal frontiers in which the free movement of goods, persons, services and

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