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Operation Welcome

How Strasbourg Remained a Seat of European Institutions, 1949–1979


Claudia Leskien

An accepted narrative within European integration history is that the issue in which city to locate European Community headquarters was decided on the intergovernmental level between the member states. In the present volume, this view is expanded with the example of Strasbourg by arguing that activity at the local level is an important factor as well.
A set of highly active political and associational local agents used different strategies to consolidate the city’s position against competing cities and the European Communities. This study finds that a highly specialised group of municipal politicians and civil servants were an important factor for bringing the European institutions to the city.


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CAE Cercle des Amitiés Européennes CCI Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Strasbourg et du Bas-Rhin CES Cercle européen de Strasbourg CoE Council of Europe COREPER Committee of permanent representatives CSME Comité Strasbourgeois pour le Mouvement Européen CTS Compagnie des Tramways/Transports Strasbourgeois CUS Communauté Urbaine de Strasbourg DATAR Délégation interministérielle à l’aménagement et à l’attractivité régionale DNA Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace EC European Community ECSC European Coal and Steel Community EEC European Economic Community EP European Parliament EU European Union EURATOM European Atomic Energy Community FIAT Fonds d’intervention pour l’aménagement du territoire IGC Intergovernmental Conference INSEE Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques IO International Organisation MEP Member of the European Parliament MP Member of Parliament OEEC Organisation for European Economic Co-operation PACE Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe UN United Nations Operation Welcome 14 UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation WEU Western European Union Key to Archives ABR Archives Départementales du Bas-Rhin, Strasbourg, France AC Archive of the Council of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium ACE Archive of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France AS Archives de la Ville et la Communauté Urbaine de Strasbourg, France CARDOC Archive of the European Parliament, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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