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Communicating Europe

Journals and European Integration 1939–1979

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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The Birth of the Joint Press and Information Service (1958-1960): Fabio Casini

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The Birth of the Joint Press and Information Service (1958-1960)

Fabio CASINI

Introduction

The essay analyses the activities carried out by the European Communities in order to give information to both the press and citizens. It focuses especially on how the Joint Press and Information Service was born between 1958 and 1960.

The ECSC had already created its Press and Information Service in 1952.1 Since that time its objectives had been primarily political, with the aim of demonstrating the successes and the effectiveness of the Communitarian supranational method in order to produce a favourable public opinion towards the European integration process. Jean Monnet, the first President of the ECSC, considered it of fundamental importance to inform citizens and to maintain good relations with the press, in order to create a consensus on the first Community in spite of its very technical tasks.

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