The European Commission today posted on its official Twitter account important anniversary historic milestones, for European Union history enthusiasts, that will be celebrated in 2023.
As it notes, 2023 will be the 70th anniversary of the joint coal and steel common market. With the creation of the common market for coal and steel ore, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands removed custom duties and quantitative restrictions on these raw materials.
It is also added that it is 65 years since the Rome Treaties came into force. In 1957, the Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community (EEC) and ushered in a new era of ever closer cooperation in Europe.
It also says that 2023 marks the 55th anniversary of the Customs Union. On July 1, 1968, the 6 member states of the EEC removed customs duties on goods imported from each other, allowing free cross-border trade for the first time.
At the same time, it is noted that it is the 50th anniversary of the accession of Denmark and Ireland to the EU. Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom joined the European Communities on January 1, 1973, increasing the number of member countries to 9.
In 2023 the EU will also celebrate 30 years since the Maastricht Treaty. The Treaty on European Union was signed in the Netherlands and entered into force on 1 November 1993. It is an important milestone, the Commission continues, as it set clear rules for the future single currency, foreign policy and closer cooperation in the field of justice and home affairs.
Besides, it is added that this year will be the 30th anniversary of the single market in the EU. In 1993, the single market started with the “4 freedoms” of free movement of people, goods, services and money. Through it, economic growth has been fueled and the daily life of European businesses and consumers has been made easier.
Finally, it is reported that 2023 will be 10 years since Croatia joined the EU. On July 1, 2013, Croatia became the newest member of the EU. It is noted that in 2023, it will also be the 20th country to adopt the euro.
Source: Cyprus News Agency