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Communicating Europe

Journals and European Integration 1939–1979

Edited By Daniele Pasquinucci, Daniela Preda and Luciano Tosi

This volume is dedicated to the debate on European unification developed between the end of World War II and 1979 in two types of magazines. The first type of magazines are those not exclusively dedicated to the «European» themes, but particularly significant for the impact they had in the cultural-political debate and in the concrete unfolding of the process of European integration; while the second type are militant magazines, belonging to the European and federalist area, whose proactive role was fundamental both for the theoretical elaboration of the ideas as the basis of the future of the European continent, and for the practical propaganda. All these publications contributed in different ways to the spread of knowledge of European integration, of its implications and of its political, social and economic consequences. No less important – and this is the third type of journals taken into consideration in the book – has been the birth and development of magazines directly sponsored by the Community institutions, whose action was framed within a real «European communication», made by the EC institutions, particularly the Commission in Brussels, since their origins.
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European Institutions and Information. Publications, Notes and Press Releases at the Origins of Integration: Angelita Campriani


European Institutions and Information. Publications, Notes and Press Releases at the Origins of Integration


The European Institutions and Information

The Schuman Declaration press conference of 9 May 1950 marked the launch of the European Community project. A unique experience, it is the result of many policies and strategies implemented throughout the long process of European integration. Among these, information policy is one of the common policies that have been decided by member states since the birth of the European Communities. It is no coincidence that the first embryonic information policy dates back to the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), after which it developed with the birth of the other Communities, becoming consolidated with the merger of the Communities’ executive bodies. Community information has increasingly had the task of convincing and persuading European citizens. Thus the information policy, together with what became European communication policy have, over time, had different significances and approaches, varying intensities and effectiveness, which have influenced the very process of integration.

The issue of the High Authority’s information policy was introduced for the first time in the ECSC’s Fifth General Report on the Activities of the Community.1 This was mid-1957, almost at the end of the transitional period agreed upon by member states. The report ← 545 | 546 → reflects on the progress made so far and, above all, on the founding Treaties of the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community...

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