European Communities

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European Communities
Pillars of the European Union
1993–2009 → EU
Constituent communities
European Coal and Steel Community1952–2002
European Economic Community1958–2009
European Atomic Energy Community1958–present

The European Communities (EC), were three international organizations. These were the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC), and the European Economic Community (EEC). In 1993, the European Union was formed by the Maastricht Treaty.