Chapter 2: The European Communities external action
The US invitation to the High Authority to visit Washington in the summer of 1953 contributed to the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community’s (ECSC) international position. The then President of the High Authority and two of his advisers accepted the invitation, meeting with President Eisenhower and members of his cabinet, as well as with influential members of Congress. The US was already supporting European efforts towards integrated policies, of which the ECSC was a shining example. During this period, the High Authority also negotiated the Association Agreement of 1954 with the UK, as well as other important arrangements with Austria, Switzerland and Sweden on various issues relating to coal and steel markets.
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