The History of the European Parliament

When the construction of Europe first began the "European Parliament" was designed to be a consultative assembly, called the Common Assembly of the European Community of Steel and Coal (ECSC). It comprised national parliamentarians.

Source: Data assembled and put together by the Robert Schuman Foundation, © FRS
Photos: Credit © European Communities, 2009

Who was Robert Schuman?

On 9th May 1950, whilst he was Foreign Minister he delivered the famous Schuman Declaration in the Salon de l'Horloge at the Quai d'Orsay; with this speech he defined the means for community integration: Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity. This method then served as inspiration for European integration and from then on Robert Schuman was considered the Father of Europe.