On 18 April 1951, six states sign the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community. The notion of a sectoral community was to be emulated several times. Accordingly, in 1952, a ‘health pool’ and a ‘transport pool’ came to be discussed. The 3 October 1952 edition of the German daily newspaper Stuttgarter Nachrichten takes stock of this.
Among other plans for European union on a sectoral basis, the creation of a single currency is considered in the early 1950s by France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Participants in these negotiations (from left to right ) are: René Mayer (France), Gaston Eyskens (Belgium), Pierre Dupong (Luxembourg), Sir Stafford Cripps (England) and Pieter Lieftinck (The Netherlands).