RTG-06 Europese politieke gemeenschap
Extent and Medium
Administrative and Biographical History
From 1952- 1953 the idea for an European Political Community was coming into play to give the European Defence Community (EDC) greater political credibility in order to win over French Socialists who were hindering the progress of the EDC. It was agreed at the first session of the Council of Ministers of the ECSC that the Common Assembly of the CSC would create an internal ad-hoc Assembly to propose a draft EPC Treaty. However the real up-hill battle for the EDC was just beginning, with efforts for ratification of the Treaty, which sounded the death bell also for the idea of an EPC due to an upsurge in Nationalist sentiment in France.