Treaty Establishing the European Economic Community
Note: Included in this Appendix are selected articles from the Treaty of Rome that established the European Economic Community on March 25, 1957. A sense of what the Common Market was intended to be and what it has become is enhanced through at least some knowledge of this primary document. The articles selected for inclusion here are those that bear on the institutions, policies, and issues discussed in the text. Most of the articles not included represent the transition period to a full working of the Community or specific details concerning the functioning of institutions or policies.
By the present Treaty, the High Contracting Parties establish among themselves a EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.
It shall be the aim of the Community, by establishing a Common Market and progressively approximating the economic policies of Member States, to promote throughout the Community a harmonious development of economic activities, a continuous and balanced expansion, an increased stability, an accelerated raising of the standard of living and closer relations between its Member States.
For the purposes set out in the preceding Article, the activities of the Community shall include, under the conditions and with the timing provided for in this Treaty: