Europeansteel suppliers have been responsible for much of the continent’s constructionover the past half-century, providing the structural steel that underpins EUinfrastructure, residential accommodation and commercial premises alike.

However,many EU citizens might not realise the metaphorical way in which European steelsuppliers have shaped the continent as we know it today.

In a speechto the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC thisweek, EU commissioner for energy Gunther Oettinger paid tribute to the roleplayed by European steel stockists in the early days of the EU.

“Energyhas been a core policy area of the EU from the start,” he explained.

“Followingthe Schuman declaration of 1950, the forerunner of today’s EU was the EuropeanCoal and Steel Community, which paved the way for a new kind of peacefulcooperation in Europe.”

Coming justfive years after the end of World War II, this peaceful cooperation – initiallyentered into by European steel stockists and coal suppliers – shaped thecontinent throughout the second half of the 20th century, and created thepeaceful shared economic market we know today.

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