70th Anniversary of the Treaty of Paris

The 18 April 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). In 1951, France, Germany, Italy and the Benelux countries, were brought together in Paris to sign the Treaty, which would then enter into force in 1952. Its purpose was to create interdependence in coal and steel so that one country could no longer mobilise its armed forces without others knowing. This eased distrust and tensions after WWII.