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When did the eec become the eu?

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When the EEC (European Econmic Community) was first established it was as a trading bloc to help commerce develop between the countries of Western Europe. Gradually the people that ran it, with the connivance of politicians, arranged for it to develop into a political union (a sort of United States of Europe). A new name was obviously needed if the populations of the countries concerned were not to be constantly reminded of what they originally agreed to and so it was that the new name of European Union came about.

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The EEC is not called the EU. They are not the same thing. The EEC (European Economic Community) was set up in 1957. Over time it grew and changed and renamed itself several times, eventually becoming the EU (European Union) in 1993. There are many differences, too many to list and explain, between the EEC and the EU.

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The EC, known as the European Community, became the EU, or European Union, in November 1993. The document behind this was the Maastricht Treaty.

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