Joining the EU

On the website https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/eu-in-brief_en is explained that

  • The predecessor of the EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries that trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict.
  • The result was the European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
  • Belgium was involved in the EU since the start, on 1 January 1958
  • Belgium is Euro area member since 26 March 1995
  • Belgium is :¬†Schengen area¬†member since 26 March 1995
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